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George Barris: 'King of Kustom Cars' Charges In With Wheels for 'Arthur'

North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch salutes one of its most successful businessmen, whose unusual custom vehicles have been featured in many movies and TV shows over the decades, including 'Arthur,' opening Friday.

North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch has officially declared this George Barris Week on the site.

The film Arthur, which opens Friday, will be another in a very long line of films that feature an automobile designed by Barris—in this case, the Batmobile, which is used in several scenes.

Barris Kustom Industries has been located in North Hollywood for over 50 years. If you haven't heard of Barris, you certainly have seen his work. Name a famous car from a TV show or movie and there's a good chance Barris designed it or built it: The Batmobile, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters, the Bluesmobile from The Blues Brothers, the truck from The Beverly Hillbillies, the Munster Mobile ... the list goes on and on.

Check out the video to see North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch's profile of Barris, one of the area's most famous and successful independent businessmen. Then come back all week to learn more about Barris and the legendary work done at Barris Kustom Industries.

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Serafino W. Basilone May 18, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I have been a fan for over 5oyrs.Mr.Barris is a great person,I met him in Calf.yrs ago at the car show. After 5yrs in Iraq,I hope to buy the lovely ALA KART.But found out a very lovely Lady had bought it,just before I came home. I'll just keep looking at my 1/64th ALA KART. GOD BLESS Mr.Barris.

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