Car Culture & Entertainment

George Barris’ California-Based Custom Car & Hot Rod Shop Is Officially for Sale

It’s not a car show until a replica of the Barris Batmobile shows up. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Paul Sakalas)

When George Barris passed away in 2015, the hot rod community was left wondering how long his legendary Los Angeles, California-based “Barris Kustom Industries” shop would soldier on. Turns out, we may know the answer soon.

Barris, the famous car customizer behind so many iconic Movie/TV rides and jaw-dropping hot rods, maintained his shop on a large lot in North Hollywood. So it’s perhaps no surprise that, with today’s red-hot real estate market, a legion of investors were aggressively eyeing the property for redevelopment.

And now it’s officially for sale.

The Munster Coach is another one of Barris’ most oft-remembered hot rods. (Image: Munster Koach by Bahooka | CC BY-SA 3.0)

While there’s no word yet on any money changing hands, interest in the property appears to be high, with numerous offers coming in well before it was even listed.

For gearheads mourning the loss of these hallowed grounds, this may soften the blow: According to this article in the L.A. Times, the priceless automotive memorabilia inside the shop is being well cared for by the Barris family. If/when the property sells, they plan to carefully relocate the collection to another L.A. location where it will be preserved and displayed to the public.

Known for his far-out extravagant builds, George Barris can easily be credited with revolutionizing the custom car industry. (Image: 1975 Lil Red Wrecker Tow Truck by Sicnag | CC BY 2.0)

The property comes with a shop, showroom, and spray booth.

Interested in purchasing this coveted piece of automotive history? It could all be yours for a cool $3.995 million.

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  1. bubba myre says:

    hey george was wandering if you remember my brother tom myre won the showcar championship 6869 with 34 ford coupe called the crown coupe. thanks bubba myre

    • Sure Bubba- I remember him well. In fact I have a check for him for some parts he lent me. Reply here and I’ll get it to you- thanks buddy!

  2. Harold Reyes says:

    You mean-“legion of investors, who don’t care or know about this historical iconic place, are SALIVATING at tearing it down to put their “investment” on that land, THAT’S ALL THEY WANT, like
    VULTURES, like they did Culver City’s 40 ACRES.

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