Batmobile Builder George Barris Loved Fords
George Barris at the wheel of the Munster’s Coach
Batman’s Batmobile, The Munster’s Coach, Drag-U-La and the Beverly Hillbillies Jalopy, were just some of the radical rides built by custom car legend George Barris who died at 89. Barris created wild and crazy cars for television and film but his first fully customized vehicle was made out of a 1936 Ford and he continued working with Fords for all of his life.
Munster’s Coach and Drag-U-La
The Munster’s Coach was made from three Model T bodies, had black gloss pearl paint and a blood red velvet interior. It also had a four-speed manual transmission and a 289 Ford Cobra engine.
Barris and his Batmobile (1966)
The Batmobile was the King of Kustoms most famous creation and was based on a 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura concept vehicle. Five versions were built and one sold at auction for $4.62 million in 2013.
Grandpa and Herman Munster with Drag-U-La (1966)
Drag-U-La was built in 1966 by Barris and sported organ pipes, fat Firestone slicks and was also Mustang powered with four on the casket floor.
Ala Kart (1957) by George Barris
Ala Kart was another classic based on a 1929 Ford Model A pickup with a back body from a 1927 Model T Roadster and lots of other parts mixed magically together by Barris Kustom that was built in 1957.
Barris even managed to customize a Ford F-150 with the help from his nephew in 2012 and the tricked-out truck made its debut that year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Crime Fighter F-150 Edition (2012) by Barris Kustom
Barris was a brilliant showman and creator and will be forever missed. Read more about him in Tom Wolfe’s The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby which features Barris and other famous hot rodders of his generation. Also, see more of his brilliant creations in the photo gallery below.
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