We are saddened to learn that famed automobile customizer and designer George Barris has passed away to that great garage in the sky. We talk about him often to our automobile enthusiasts sightseeing with us on a private Los Angeles tour. We often pass by and point out to our tour guests his shop in the San Fernando Valley. And once, we just had to stop at a gas station when we saw the notorious modified Lincoln Futura on top of a flatbed trailer being transported – probably to a car show. Below we republish the blog posting from that day.
Every car gets updates, sometimes whole new designs (VW Bug, Ford Mustang). Sometimes the updates are inspiring and spur sales and sometimes not so much. You have to admit that the original Batmobile from the 1960s series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin the Boy Wonder really was a magnificent looking automobile. The Lincoln Futura concept car (never a road model) provided the basis for the show’s designers. Not only was Hollywood able to mold the car to suit the needs of the show and its characters but the design has stood the test of time. She’s still beautiful. She’s still adored as we caught her on her way to a car show. We enjoy that our private Los Angeles tour guests, even those not so into cars and motorcycles, always take note of some of the amazing transportation vehicles we see very day in and around Los Angeles. We also take our guests wanting to hike up to the Hollywood Sign, a real Hollywood fitness adventure tour, past the old cave used as the entrance for this old Batmobile as it came and went from Batman’s subterranean garage.