George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, dead at 89

George Barris attends the ceremony honoring Kapow! Adam West with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

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LOS ANGELES — George Barris, who created television’s original Batmobile, along with scores of other beautifully customized, instantly recognizable vehicles that helped define California car culture, has died at age 89.

Barris Kustom Industries spokesman Edward Lozzi says Barris died Thursday, following a lengthy illness.

George Barris sits in another one of his creations, the General Lee, featured on the TV series ‘Dukes of Hazzard’. 

Barris was still in high school in Northern California when he designed his first fully customized car, a 1936 Ford.

Soon after he formed Kustoms Car Club and went to work in earnest with his late brother, Sam.

George Barris poses with the Munster Koach at George Barris’ Halloween Bash Car Show on October 28, 2000 in Pasadena, CA. 

Over the next 70 years he would design literally hundreds of cars for television shows, movies, celebrities, heads of state and just regular folks.

Two of the most famous were the Batmobile, created for the iconic 1960s TV show, and The Munster’s Koach, built for the television show "The Munsters."