For $29,700, Pack Like A Rat

George Barris has been anointed - by none other than George Barris - the “King of Kustomizers.” Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Titan is one of his rare road-going cars, and may have once been owned by Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. You’ll have to decide if it’s rat packing too heavy a price. » 8/16/13 8:00am 8/16/13 8:00am

THWACK! The Original 1960s Batmobile Sells For A Whopping $4.2 Million…

Holy insert clever auto auction pun here, Batman! The original Batmobile from the 1960s TV series was sold tonight at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for an insane $4.2 million. » 1/19/13 10:45pm 1/19/13 10:45pm

This Documentary Celebrates 73 Years Of The Batmobile

The first Batmobile debuted in a 1939 Batman comic, and over the decades, the cars have become more and more complex and fantastic. » 7/19/12 4:40pm 7/19/12 4:40pm

Why Is George Barris Getting Credit For The Monkeemobile?

With yesterday's unexpected death of the Monkees' onetime-hearthrob Davy Jones, there has naturally been a resurgence of interest in the amazing, funhouse-mirror version of the Pontiac GTO that was the Monkeemobile. » 3/01/12 4:45pm 3/01/12 4:45pm

This Is Every Batmobile Ever

Of all comic book fantasy vehicles, the Batmobile claims a special place among fans and car geeks alike, but few realize just how many variations there have been over the last 70 years. Here's every Batmobile ever drawn or built. » 1/06/11 10:15am 1/06/11 10:15am

George Barris Mustangs Tacky As Sonny And Cher Inspiration

George Barris has been kind of crazy for a long time and we generally think all his stuff is the bees-knees, but these matching "Sonny and Cher" Ford Mustangs are a special kind of awful. » 5/26/09 4:30pm 5/26/09 4:30pm

Vox Customized Roadster Is ... Rocking

This is the Voxmobile, a two-seat roadster commissioned by Vox, the audio equipment manufacturer, and built by roadster customizing mastermind, George Barris. Vox, being an audio company, didn't let Barris skimp on the audio accessories on this roadster. Hell, the entire thing is one giant audio accessory, really. » 5/14/08 2:20pm 5/14/08 2:20pm

Don't Touch the Hair: "Travolta Fever" Custom Trans Am on eBay

Not long after L. Ron Hubbard got John Travolta's thetans on a silver platter, the New Jersey-born actor starred in a little movie about dancing around like a putz. It was called Saturday Night Fever, and it became a multimedia, pop-culture phenomenon that launched both his career and that of the Bee Gees into the… » 11/09/07 11:30am 11/09/07 11:30am

1977 Datsun B210 Reverse Customized by Aliens

With an ongoing soft spot for the Datsun B210, and especially the fastback version, we were both flummoxed and amazed when we found this example of somewhat Barris-style custom Datsun B210 for sale on eBay. Having seen many an example of what the ravages of time can impart on unrestored custom cars makes something in… » 3/22/07 2:15pm 3/22/07 2:15pm

Batmobile #6 Sells For 119K

The sixth of an "unspecified number" of Batmobiles built for the original TV show just went for the equivalent of $233,000 at an auction in London today. The winning bid came from a private museum in that no-questions-asked tax haven, the Cayman Islands. What's interesting about Batmobile #6 is that it's a… » 2/28/07 7:23pm 2/28/07 7:23pm

We Will Assuredly Keep on Vannin': Super Van Clip!

We posted on Super Van a while back, noting that had appeared in various guises over the years, but we'd never seen the film in which it played the titular role. This has not changed. However, we did manage to dig up this clip via YouTube, which Lew had hipped us to a while back. The van was allegedly… » 1/03/07 5:00pm 1/03/07 5:00pm

Grandpa! Munsters' Car For Sale on eBay

Grandpa Munster was a sucker for a rail job. At least, that's what George Barris must have considered when he built the car that became Grandpa's vampiric ride for the 1960s TV show, "The Munsters." According to the seller, this car is one of nine built for the show. Its pedigree, the seller says, can be documented,… » 8/22/06 10:30am 8/22/06 10:30am

Here We Come...Rollin' Down The Street...The Monkeemobile!

As a child, we loved two things: musclecars (especially GTOs and B-Body Mopars) and the Monkees. In fact, the first rock show we ever saw was the non-Nesmith reunion lineup on tour with "Weird Al" Yankovic in the summer of 1987. Lack of Mr. Woolhat not withstanding (we're still big Mike Nesmith fans, by the way), the… » 8/08/06 4:00pm 8/08/06 4:00pm

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Schtupps You in a Mercury: Dean Martin's…

Before there was Carmen Electra, there was Stella Stevens. Bit-part-playing, Playboy-posing, celebrity-sexing Stevens was a favorite among male movie fans, who rewarded her nudity-intensive approach to getting famous by making her a major pinup of the time. In 1966, she starred in "The Silencers" with Rat Pack… » 7/19/06 11:24am 7/19/06 11:24am

Dad, Can I Borrow the Rod?: Cars of Famous TV Fathers is celebrating Father's Day by examining the cars of some famous TV fathers. While we'd always been partial to Mike Brady's seemingly endless selection of Mopar convertibles, we hadn't considered Ward Cleaver's similar proclivities, of the Plymouth sedan variety, or Al Bundy's '72 Dart (what else would… » 6/13/06 10:08am 6/13/06 10:08am

Mr. Barris Goes to Monte Carlo

George Barris is a funny little man. Back when he was in high school at San Juan, he and his brother would clamber into their hopped-up jalopy and drive down from out in Citrus Heights (which was completely the sticks back in the 1940s) and cruise down to McClatchy High in Sacramento, because, in Barris' words,… » 5/16/06 4:27pm 5/16/06 4:27pm

Now We're Trucking! Barris Mustang-Camino Ranchero

We'll be honest, we were getting tired of the Camino posts. In Davey G.'s absence it's hard to maintain a maniacal fervor for the Camino. We were beginning to lose faith. Then we saw this beautiful custom Mustang truck conversion and we were saved. Hallelujah! Whether you're rocking out Limp Bizkit on the way to… » 4/27/06 6:40pm 4/27/06 6:40pm

The Prius is Pimped: Barris's Hybrid Toyota

Back in 2005, the New York Times was all, "Hey George Barris, betcha can't do your kandy kustom spiel with a Toyota Prius." Barris was all, "Listen twerps, I did the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 while you were listening to Foreigner 4 and stuffing Funyuns in your pie holes. I accept your challenge." Of course it didn't start… » 3/07/06 6:45am 3/07/06 6:45am

Flinstones Movie Car for Sale on eBay

Has it really been more than a decade since the movie "The Flintstones" came out? Or five since franchise-mate "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" gave Stephen Baldwin a job? Us either. But for those who didn't think the first one was an ill-advised mess of a movie, or who are such George Barris fanatics that they… » 11/04/05 2:01pm 11/04/05 2:01pm