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King of the Kustomizers : The Art of George Barris
by Brett Barris and Douglas Nason and Pat Ganahl and Rik Hoving


Overview - George Barris is undisputably the "King of the Kustomizers," the most phenomenal kustom car builder ever. Barris created some of the best known and iconic cars of the 20th century, inlcuding the original TV Batmobile, the Munsters Koach, Hirohata Merc, Ala Kart and countless other made-to-order vehicles for movies, TV, and for the private use of his celebrity clients.  Read more...

 
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Overview
George Barris is undisputably the "King of the Kustomizers," the most phenomenal kustom car builder ever. Barris created some of the best known and iconic cars of the 20th century, inlcuding the original TV Batmobile, the Munsters Koach, Hirohata Merc, Ala Kart and countless other made-to-order vehicles for movies, TV, and for the private use of his celebrity clients. "King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris" is the definitive work on a legend, over five years in the making. This is a massive volume containing nearly 500 pages jam-packed with never-before-seen photos and design illustrations, illuminating how Barris creations helped redefine the automobile s place in American culture. Written by an all-star line-up of contributors, the book covers the full spectrum of George Barris design genius. King of the Kustomizers is filled with untold stories and rare images from both Barris' famous and not-so-famous works. A generous selection of Barris tribute art some created especially for this volume is also included to showcase the enduring influence and legacy of the Barris Kustoms brand. This is one ride you don t want to miss "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780867198096
  • ISBN-10: 0867198095
  • Publisher: Last Gasp
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 496
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Art > Popular Culture - General
Books > Transportation > Automotive - Customizing
Books > Transportation > Automotive - Repair & Maintenance

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Readers who remember the jalopy driven by the Clampetts on The Beverly Hillbillies or the Batmobile from the 1966 television series Batman, "with its ominously sleek styling, reams of gadgetry, and sparkling gloss of black paint outlined in red," will know George Barris's work. Barris created these and many of the other best-known custom-made vehicles of recent decades with help from the staff at his southern Californian shop, Barris Kustom City. In this hefty tome, chock full of archival photographs, Barris's son, Brett, and co-author Nason recall Barris's impressive career in the hot rod and custom car industry since the 1940s. They pull together a congratulatory retrospective that is equal parts history and nostalgia. Nason, a longtime fan of Barris Kustom, provides background on Chicago-born Barris and his early interest in customization. In high school, for instance, Barris and his older brother fixed up a tattered Buick sedan, "embellishing it with hubcaps they fashioned from household pots and pans, gold-plated knobs taken from kitchen cabinets and drawers, homemade chrome-striped mud flaps and other accoutrements before painting it orange with blue stripes." Eventually Barris was able to turn his eclectic sensibility and love of motor vehicles into a well-regarded and enduring business. The book's off-kilter design and color tinted photos wonderfully capture the wacky flavor of the Barris Kustoms, and it's sure to be a hit with pop culture fans and car enthusiasts. Photos. (Sept.)

 
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