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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

When the Batmobile's designer customizes a Corvette, this happens

Nostalgia is a funny thing. It can inspire meticulous restorations of historically or sentimentally important vehicles. It can also result in the, ah, rather polarizing Corvette before you. This is no amateur effort, by the way.
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TonyT
Technician

Ummm, the "...four speed automatic..." wasn't available in 1969, only a three speed Turbo 400 if one checked the "shift for me" box on the order form. Beyond that, however, is the question of weight. Given that Barris must have single- handedly kept Bondo in business for decades, what would this creation weigh? What price beauty...
eighthtry
Advanced Driver

The smoking must be good. The unavailability of the 700r4 and the Hydra-Matic in 1969 is exactly the reason they offered the Turbo Hydra-Matic.
MeJ
Advanced Driver

That thing is...
I just don't have the words...
Dillon36
Pit Crew

Ugly come to mind?
TG
Technician

Apparently the word for ugly is 'polarizing'
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

You do have the words but your Mother told you not to use them.
BobV
Intermediate Driver

I have the words-------Butt ugly.
hyperv6
Racer

Well George really did not design the Batmobile. He just over saw some modifications while Ford did the bulk of the car.

This just looks like a Excalibur II.
Tim
Technician

If I understand correctly, Ford had already designed the Futura concept and Barris just got permission to use it and made rather minimal modifications. Essentially what you are saying, but I'm just clarifying that the design was done before Barris even thought of mods--it wasn't like Barris came to Ford with a drawing.
JBBearcat
Detailer

Barris was sold the Futura for $1. He had been part of their "Custom Car Caravan" so they knew him and his reputation in the car world.
He was very up front about the background of the car.
Dean Jeffries originally had the contract to build the Batmobile, but when production was moved up, he didn't have time to design and build the car. Barris was able to convert the Futura into the vestibule in a three weeks.
TrojanCarGuy
New Driver

There is some great info out there on the original Batmobile, including pictures of the Futura lying in state outside on Barris' lot. The Futura itself made a few movie appearances after finishing its tour as an auto show "dream car" and ultimately ended up in Barris' possession. When they approached Barris about the Batmobile, they were looking for a custom GTO, but Barris envisioned using the Futura because the fins reminded him of bat wings, and it worked. If you look up a picture of the original '55 Lincoln Futura, you will see that the modifications for the Batmobile were fairly significant (though not to the extent of this Corvette). He later got to tee off on a GTO for the Monkeemobile.
okfoz
Advanced Driver

The original Batmobile for the TV show was originally the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. From my understanding Barris took that car and modified it to be the Batmobile.
TrojanCarGuy
New Driver

There is some great info out there on the original Batmobile, including pictures of the Futura lying in state outside on Barris' lot. The Futura itself made a few movie appearances after finishing its tour as an auto show "dream car" and ultimately ended up in Barris' possession. When they approached Barris about the Batmobile, they were looking for a custom GTO, but Barris envisioned using the Futura because the fins reminded him of bat wings, and it worked. If you look up a picture of the original '55 Lincoln Futura, you will see that the modifications for the Batmobile were fairly significant (though not to the extent of this Corvette). He later got to tee off on a GTO for the Monkeemobile.
KevinJames77
Pit Crew

1969 Corvette, huh? Why does every remaining original Corvette part look like it's 1978 or newer? As for the four-speed automatic, 1969 would have come with a TH400, which is a three-speed. Chevy didn't have a four-speed automatic until the TH700-R4 in 1982, which is what the Mecum site says this has. The Mecum site also shows some crappy early 1990s LED digital gauges and an aftermarket cassette deck that's about 1/4" out of level in its opening in the dash. Ugh.
Kaseynhl
New Driver

Can't unsee that...
PRScott
Instructor

Sure you can. Just click your heels , spin around and say I didn't see that 3 times.
tcchuck2005
Intermediate Driver

I can appreciate the craftsmanship and hard work.
But the style of Barris and many others during that time is not for me.
ROBBO99
Detailer

Hideous looking beast !!
sego
Intermediate Driver

NOT!
Tsaxman
Advanced Driver

Holy Superfly, Batman!
FloridaMarty
Instructor

George and Sam were very talented with tons of imagination. The world is better for their work. Some of their builds are very cool, some are OK, Some should have never been attempted. This I believe, falls into the latter category.

Studenorton
Instructor

You a career diplomat by any chance? What a nice way to say...what needs to be said.
A good car show line: "Not how I'd have done it." Avoids fist fights.
Tim
Technician

Whenever my mother is asked about something she doesn't like, her answer is, "It's different." About this car, I would say, "It's different." 💀
GF
New Driver

Fugly
Djc327
New Driver

That car would be a hard no for me!
240zdave
Pit Crew

That's definitely the ugliest thing I've seen this week, and probably one of the ugliest I've seen in my lifetime.
shrimpf
Pit Crew

I agree, this is probably the ugliest car I have ever seen! And I thought the Stutz of the Seventies were ugly! This one is even worse, much worse.
sclin10
Advanced Driver

It looks like the Exner Bugatti revival car.
WatchCarefully
New Driver

You're right, it totally does. So many similarities, including the color.
WatchCarefully
New Driver

Sometimes "it's by George Barris" is a feature, sometimes it is an excuse.
Oldimpala
Detailer

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

But, Mom taught me to always compliment something; I do like that shade of blue. It'd look really nice on something else.
neilscarlt
Pit Crew

George musta been drunk when he designed this one!
1967LeMansConv
New Driver

More likely angel dust.
Blade123
Intermediate Driver

High on not a popular look.
A bit Battish.
motolargo
Intermediate Driver

If this car was in my garage it would be under an opaque cover. I would not want anyone to know I owned it, let alone be seen driving it on public roads. In a word: dreadful.
shrimpf
Pit Crew

If this was in my garage I would disasemble it and use the parts for something else. And then I would destroy most of the body!
Dillon36
Pit Crew

Lol!!!
MarkThistel
Pit Crew

This just did the impossible: Overturned the Pontiac Aztek as the world's ugliest vehicle.
shrimpf
Pit Crew

At least the Aztek had some practical features, this one is way worse!
cslandry
Intermediate Driver

One of the best vanity plates I ever was was on an Aztek. It said "UGLY CAR".
slam35
New Driver

ahhh, no
Swamibob
Technician

Wow... That's... Wow... Neo Classic is right. I like the colors, even though the dark color is on the top. Not sure I'd want to be photographed anywhere near that 'Neo Classic'. There's just WAY too much Excalibur involved there.
snjbuu
Pit Crew

There are cars who don't need ANY modifications (externally) . And a C2 is one of them.
KenBoss
Pit Crew

MY GOD that's awful. To think, another destroyed classic car. So sad. Barris should have stayed with Hot Rods. Highly overrated builder particularly after he went TV. He did some beautiful hot rods before that for sure.
TonyT
Technician

Hard to look at the Munster Koach as "beautiful."
DT
Advanced Driver

Like you could have done "anything" Barris did. I LMAO @ critics who have no talents other than criticizing someone else's work 🙂
ATmgbjaguar
Pit Crew

No thanks! This is not a really well executed 'custom'. Too gimmicky! Interior looks like some home-based amateur did it ... not a real trim shop.
hb
Intermediate Driver

It’s cool that it’s from Barris, but otherwise “barf “.
senator70
Pit Crew

It appears that George Barris was influenced by Virgil Exner's c. 1963 concepts for revived classic models for Duesenberg, Mercer, Bugatti, Packard, etc. Did Barris consult Ex?