George Barris was an American designer and builder of numerous Hollywood custom cars, most notably the 1966 Batmobile. (Which was used in the 1966-1968 live action TV series and its film adaptation.) Today, November 5th 2015 Barris passed. The Batmobile itself is a custom 1955 Lincoln Futura, which was created by Ford Motor company.
DC Entertainment's Statment:
George Barris was a true creative genius and we are saddened to learn of his passing. George's design contributions to the legendary 1966 Batmobile thrilled fans of the classic Batman TV show, left an indelible mark on Batman legacy and lore, and is still recognized as one of the most iconic vehicles of all time.
"Growing up I wanted to fight crime just so I could drive George's Batmobile," said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. "It was my great honor to get to meet him in person recently and to thank him for his contributions to the world of Batman, and there was no greater thrill than getting to sit in that Batmobile from my childhood."