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It was perhaps the most sought-after derelict bus in Southern California, a 1953 GM TGH-3102 sinking to the ground and shot through with bullet holes. The bus wasn’t particularly rare in and of itself, nor did it run a particularly noteworthy route; rather, they came to see the man who made the run-down bus his […]
I immediately recognized the car as Elvis’ customized Cadillac that toured all over Australia in 1968. It has an interesting story. Elvis wanted to have his own classic-styled luxury limousine, so he bought a 1960 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood for $10,000, and he took it to Barris Kustom City in North Hollywood, California. George Barris […]
Original 1966 Batmobile Sets World Record at the 42nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction | Automotive Service World
DAILY NEWS Jan 30, 2013 1:23 PM AUTOSERVICEWORLD.COM The Original 1966 TV series Batmobile, one of the most recognized and popular pieces of entertainment history worldwide, sold for $4,620,000 and set the world record for the highest price ever fetched for a TV/Movie car at the 42nd annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. The unique vehicle was […]
Barris Sells The Original Batmobile 1955 Lincoln Futura! | Hotrod Road Show.
Pow! Bam! Zoom! The Original 1966 TV Batmobile Owned By George Barris To Cross Auction Block At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Ariz. – November 29, 2012 – Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today that it will offer one of the most recognized and popular pieces of entertainment history worldwide, at its 42nd annual Scottsdale auction in January – the only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car which was heavily modified by legendary customizer […]
There was a rumor circulating around the net on Monday that George Barris and his company Barris Kustoms is finally letting go of one of the most iconic cars of our times, the original, No1 1966 Batmobile built from a $250,000 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. We asked around and today, we received an official […]
By Angelo Van Bogart A lot can happen in less than 50 years. Governments can rise and fall. Large companies can go from blue chip to bankrupt. It all makes longtime Old Cars Weekly reader Jerry Michalak’s 50 years of ownership of a rare 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr convertible sedan that much more impressive. “I bought it […]
Story and photos by Brian Earnest It’s hard to imagine an automobile as spectacular as Jeff Schreiner’s 1928 Lincoln dual-cowl phaeton ever being unloved or unwanted. And thanks to an extensive restoration a couple of decades back, the big luxury Lincoln is in nearly perfect condition. It is simply a fantastic automobile from head to […]
By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles TimesOctober 30, 2012 Cut-up photographs of a black Ford F-150 lie scattered across George Barris desk, forming a mosaic of fenders, headlamps and rear-quarter panels.Barris eyes flicker over each fragment as he rearranges the parts of a normal-looking pickup truck and transforms it into the lunatic hot rod vision he […]
By Angelo Van Bogart
When Scott Meadows brought his 1966 Mustang coupe into Jeff Lilly Restorations in Helote, Texas, the little black 289 V-8-powered “pony” looked like a good “20 footer.” But Jeff Lilly knew better. Little hints, from the twisted bumpers to misaligned fenders, indicated the Mustang had been battered in the past. Lilly’s experience in restoration also told him that multiple repaints can hide a lot of defects on a 45-year-old car, especially when that old car is an early Mustang with a few bumps and bruises.The recent restoration also set out to correct some of the manufacturing flaws when the car was originally mass produced in 1966. Ford was starting to build its second million run of Mustangs in 1966, offering them in hardtop, convertible and 2+2 fastback models built in plants at Dearborn, Mich.; San Jose, Calif.; and Metuchen, N.J. The cars were available with three- or four-speed manual transmissions or the C-4 automatic behind the 200-cid six-cylinder or one of three 289-cid V-8 engines with V-8 power ratings of 200, 225 or 271 hp. Buyers preferred the V-8 engine, with 58.3 percent of 1966 Mustangs receiving one of the 289 engines.For 1966, Mustang prices slightly increased with Ford raising the price of the hardtop by $44, the 2+2 by $18 in its second full year on the market and the convertible by $49. That brought the base price of 1966 Mustangs to $2,416 for the hardtop, $2,607 for the 2+2 fastback and $2,653 for the convertible. For 1966, Ford built 607,568 Mustangs, with 72,119 being convertibles, 35,698 of them 2+2 fastbacks and 499,751 of them hardtop coupes, including the project car undertaken by Jeff Lilly Restorations.