A sad day for gearheads indeed.
The man who gave us the Batmobile, along with many other cars famous film cars, has passed away. His son, Brett Barris wrote on Facebook: "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 they way he wanted til the end." Barris was building custom cars and racing in Los Angeles after WWII. Before long Hollywood came calling for Barris' custom cars.
1958's "High School Confidential" was one of the first movies Barris made a car for. The success brought more business from Hollywood and its celebrities. All of these cars were built at Barris Kustom Industries in North Hollywood. Some of his most famous cars include the original Batmobile, KITT from "Knight Rider" and the Munster Koach from "The Munsters" and the General Lee from the "Dukes of Hazzard." Barris will be known forever as one of the coolest and greatest automotive designers ever. George Barris, you will be missed very much.