George Barris, king of kustom cars, has passed away at 89. He’s known for his wonderful Batmobile for the 1966 TV show, but there were so many others. His creativity and craftsmanship (of course, I’m talking about the folks he worked with, too) always seemed limitless. As a kid, Barris and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth were such a big deal to me, and I still have some of the bubblegum cards featuring their work.
I’m partial to the truck he made for The Beverly Hillbillies — and the kustomized version that came later.