George Barris

What can you say this guy built the original Batmobile, he has been a custom car builder since the 1940's and he is still at it.  Barris put the 'K' in kustoms. According to himself he fooled with the spelling and came up with a 'K' instead of a 'C' to spell custom, and thereby establishing the Barris' phrase 'Kustom Car'.


Barris Kustom Industries is still alive, and George Barris is running the business its shop located at 10811 Riverside Drive in North Hollywood, California. In an interview with DiecastSpace called "Take a Ride on The Wild Side with George Barris!" in 2009 George tells the listeners that he is done with old shoeboxes and Mercuries, and that his main focus these days are in designing and kustomizing new cars such as the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger.

More information on this website and loads more in George's own archive and on his site.