Customizing king George Barris dies at 89
Barris' son, Brett, announced his father's passing on Facebook, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He wrote: "Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky. He passed on peacefully in his sleep at 2:45 am. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home. He lived his life the way he wanted til the end. He would want everyone to celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy."
Barris and his brother opened Barris Kustoms in Los Angeles after World War II, and the shop's eye-catching work propelled it to prominence on the SoCal auto scene. While the company created beautiful, highly modified vehicles for customers, success in the entertainment industry truly made the name famous.
The Batmobile is certainly Barris' most well-known creation, and he sold the iconic car at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $4.62 million in 2013. Barris Kustoms also produced famous vehicles for a host of shows like The Munsters and even versions of KITT from Knight Rider. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.
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