George Barris, son of a Greek immigrant from Chios, King of The Kustomizers and Batmobile creator died last Thursday. He was 89 years old.

His son, Brett Baris, wrote on Facebook:

Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky. He lived his life the way he wanted til the end. He would want everyone (to) celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy.

George Barris was known throughout the world as the ‘original’ King of Kustomizers. His creations were legendary in the world of television and motion pictures including the likes of the original television series Batmobile, Munster Koach, Beverly Hillbillies, KITT from Nightrider and more.

Barris was married to Shirley Nahas from 1958 until her death in 2001. They had two children. He died on November 5, 2015, in his sleep at his home in Encino, California.