WATCH TODAY’S VLOG!! ARKHAM ASYLUM BATMOBILE ABANDONDED? – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 854 – Fireball and Kathie build something for the Ellen DeGeneres Show and deliver it to the WB. Then, Fireball spots an abandoned Batmobile from the Game Arkham Knight!

Batman & Robin BATMOBILE appears at the shop… FLASHBACK!

I remember the day that the original Batmobile from BATMAN & ROBIN appeared at the shop for some repair before being shipped off to a Museum. Minor fixes, but so cool to see it up close, sit inside and drive around the block.

But yes, it was a Movie Car and built like one. So, best to be off to the Museum.

Was the 1989 BATMOBILE the Dark Knight’s first serious car? See the sketches…

Some variations of my Batmobile design for the 1989 Michael Keaton film, BATMAN. I personally like this “Tuned” version. A SEMA Exclusive.

This was the first of over 400 film/commercials cars I did over the last almost 40 years of Car Design for Film. Check out the Book below for me.


Best Concept Vehicles of the Day… Extreme Batmobile, BMW, Ferrari SUV, Chevy, Tron


ORIGINAL GEORGE BARRIS 1966 BATMOBILE DISSECTED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 698 – Fireball heads to The Murphy Museum to reveal the Original George Barris 1966 Batmobile… and AutoDissects it!

The George Barris 1966 Batmobile-to-be was the brainchild of Lincoln Mercury’s postwar chief stylist, William M. Schmidt.

Schmidt began working as an automotive stylist in the Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company in 1940. Inspired by a scuba-diving encounter with a shark, Schmidt sketched a low, long, wide, and flat vision of the future with a predatory full width grille, ominously hooded headlights, and killer tail fins.

Called a $250,000 “laboratory on wheels”, the low twin-dome experimental car would serve as a mobile test bench for a score of new engineering and design features.

The Futura was used to road test such innovations as push-button gearshifts, colored warning signals for fuel consumption (green for full, amber for half-full, red for low), a clear Plexiglas top, a special 330 H.P. Lincoln engine and such engineering innovations as an air scoop for air-cooling the rear brakes.

The car is one inch short of nineteen feet long. It’s seven feet wide and less than four and a half feet high. Ground clearance at the center is six inches. It has dual fans, dual exhausts and a foot pedal horn.

There’s a red light for the parking gear, blue for reverse, white for neutral, green for drive and yellow for low. The car has a tachometer. It has 27 different sizes and shapes of lamps, 18 control switches and 2000 feet of wiring.

It has an “audio approach” microphone for picking up sounds of rear-approaching cars.

There are no windows; the car is entirely air-conditioned; and one enters or leaves by raising the Plexiglas canopy.

There was space for a telephone behind the center console.

It took just three months to ready the concept car for its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in January 1955.

From there, the futuristic Lincoln was driven to a car show in Detroit. On March 3rd, just before the NY Auto Show, with Benson Ford at the experimental steering wheel and Schmidt in the passenger seat, the Futura cruised from the United Nation’s building through NY’s Central Park to the Tavern on the Green restaurant for a photo session.

In 1959, the Futura made its film debut in the MGM movie It Started With A Kiss starring Debbie Reynolds & Glenn Ford.

The Futura was painted red for the movie and treated to a red interior. After that, the car would have been forgotten and perhaps destroyed, as most show cars of that time were.

However, it was later sold to car customizer George Barris who had a relationship with Ford due to his affiliation with the Ford Custom Car Caravan program.

Despite the car’s original cost of $250,000, the Lincoln Futura was sold to Barris for $1.00 by Ford Motor Company.

As the car was never titled and was therefore uninsurable, it was parked behind Barris’ North Hollywood shop where it sat idle for several years and was allowed to deteriorate.

Fireball Design MONDAY… 1989 BATMOBILE

This was the first Hollywood Car Design I did for the film BATMAN back in the mid-eighties. Currently in the Petersen Museum. Check out the book for more cool Movie Cars.


WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE GEORGE BARRIS BATMOBILE? – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 675 – Fireball mishmashes an episode today, resulting in something happening to the BATMOBILE & MUNSTER KOACH! WATCH BELOW!

The Batmobile is the fictional car driven by the superhero Batman in American comic books published by DC Comics.

The Batmobile made its first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939).

Housed in the Batcave, which the Batmobile accesses through a hidden entrance, the heavily armored, weaponized vehicle is used by Batman in his crime-fighting activities.

The look of the Batmobile has varied over time, but since its earliest appearances, the car has had a prominent bat motif, typically including distinctive wing-shaped tailfins.

Depictions of the vehicle have evolved along with the character, with each incarnation reflecting evolving car technologies. It has been portrayed as having many uses, such as vehicular hot pursuit, prisoner transportation, anti-tank warfare, riot control, and as a mobile crime lab.

In some depictions, the Batmobile is able to be driven unmanned or remotely operated. The car has appeared in every Batman iteration—from comic books and television to films and video games—and has since become part of pop culture.

The Munsters is an American sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters starring Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein’s monster-type head-of-the-household Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster, Al Lewis as Grandpa and Beverly Owen (later re-placed by Pat Priest) as their teenage niece, and Butch Patrick as son Eddie Munster.

The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era, and was produced by the creators of Leave It to Beaver.

It ran concurrently with the similarly macabre themed The Addams Family and achieved higher figures in the Nielsen ratings.

The series originally aired on Thursday at 7:30 pm on CBS from September 24, 1964, to May 12, 1966; 70 episodes were produced.

George Barris (born George Salapatas; November 20, 1925 – November 5, 2015) was an American designer and builder of many famous Hollywood custom cars, most notably the Munster Koach and 1966 Batmobile.

EXTRA! Batmobile and Munster Koach to arrive at THE MURPHY MUSEUM!

This just in, guys! After this Sunday’s WHEELS AND WAVES, a group of us (and anyone who wants to join in) will be leaving Malibu right at 9am and heading to Oxnard’s MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM. On display starting Friday will be George Barris’ original 1966 BATMOBILE and MUNSTER KOACH!

I will be up there on Friday and Saturday as well (Press Release at the bottom of this post), but anyone coming to WHEELS AND WAVES this Sunday September 17th, I want you to caravan with us up to the Murphy to see these cars in person!

I was very fortunate to interview my good friend George before he passed on and you can also watch the episode below, but if you haven’t seen these cars, now’s your chance. JOIN US!

*** MEDIA ALERT — Exclusive preview day!

Murphy Auto Museum rolls out red carpet for two Hollywood star cars, original 1966 Batmobile and Munster Koach, Sept. 15

(OXNARD, Calif.) – Two legendary Hollywood movie and television cars built by the late George Barris, “King of the Kustomizers,” will arrive at the Murphy Auto Museum at approximately 11:00 am on Sept. 15 for an exclusive media preview ahead of weekend events.

The cars, both cultural icons with fame that spans multiple generations, will be accompanied by Barris’ daughter, Joji A. Barris-Paster. They will remain on display inside the museum to kick off a weekend of festivities and fun for fans and the entire family.

Media is encouraged to attend for interviews, videography, news segments and photo opportunities.

WHEN:           Friday, Sept. 15

TIME:             10:00 am for media arrivals; cars scheduled to arrive approx. 11:00 a.m.  

WHERE:         Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard

WHAT:            The original 1966 Batmobile Car No. 1, and original Munster Koach built by George Barris Kustoms

WHO:              David Need, museum owner, and Joji Barris, daughter of the late George Barris

CONTACT:      David cell: 805-895-4005; museum main line: 805-487-4333

INFO:      and


Friday, September 15 – Media Day

11:00 am – The Batmobile and Munster Koach arrive by hauler to the museum

Local media invited to interview David Neel and Joji Barris, roll video, and take photos

Saturday, September 16 – Fan and Family Day

10:00 – 12:00 – Fans and families are invited to bring their children to see the cars and have their picture taken. Superhero attire encouraged! Kids under 12 and active military are always admitted free of charge. Adults are $10.

Sunday, September 17

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cars and coffee enthusiast gathering in the parking lot – one day only. Participants with a car on display are admitted free admission into the museum to check out the two Barris cars.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Memorial Car Rally Honoring George Barris will benefit local after school student program, Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG) through the Oxnard Police Department. Registration open to 50 cars only for a full day event and after-party at the museum. More information is available at 

About the Murphy Auto Museum

The Murphy Auto Museum was founded in 2000 and encompasses 30,000-sq.-ft. museum with more than 90 classic cars, a large collection of Americana, and a permanent 1,800-sq.-ft. model H/O railroad. Parking is complimentary. A nonprofit organization, it is owned and operated by Ventura County business owner and car enthusiast David Neel.

The Mission of the Murphy Auto Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history and heritage of the American automobile. We celebrate the automobile and educate the community, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in the Tri-County area.

It is at 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 805-487-4333 or visit

BATMOBILE from Justice League REVEALED!!

Only 1 quick image from director Zak Snyder, but the new Batmobile will be an enhanced version of the BVSS Batmobile according to Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulis. More Guns, More Bombs, More Badass. This one’s gonna hurt some.


What’s it like to drive the 1966 BATMOBILE?

Many years back, I met this gent at a car show. He’s none other than television and film production and famous television and movie car special event coordinator, Nate Truman – otherwise known as a “TVFPFTVMCSEC” (OK, that didn’t actually work, so let’s move on).

When I got the idea to drive with Nate and his fully modified ‘79 Lincoln drive-chain into the Batmobile, I got excited. I would get to be a Caped Crusader for a day, only without actually having to wear a cape, tights and a funny mask. And there was no way that was going to happen anyway, but I was in.

The original ‘66 Batmobile was a 1955 Ford Futura Concept Car, as you probably already know. On Nate’s version, every square inch has been modified. 

“The specs according to “Car and Driver” testing (July 07),” he said, “were a front engine, rear wheel drive, two passenger, two door roadster with a pushrod 16 valve v-8, iron block and heads. 1×2 bbl Carburetor with a 400 cu. in. 6555cc motor. Power was 159 bhp at 3400 rpm and Torque was 315 lb.-ft at 1800 rpm. The wheelbase was a whopping 127.2 in. & Length was 225 in.!! Total weight? 4020 lb.”

In other words, this is a BIG CAR. Lincoln BIG.

“I started the build in 1996, and finished it with lots of help in 2003,” Nate said. “I sat in one of the original batmobiles in 1986 when I segment-produced the Wil Shriner daytime talk show. Once I got behind the wheel, I knew I had to have my own street-legal version.”

But the really cool thing about Nate and his BatBruiser is that he uses it for Charity Events for Autism, Make-A-Wish, Children’s Hospitals, Parades and making people smile.

As I got behind the wheel and became one of very few people to ever drive this BatBehemoth, the idea began to warm that wearing tights might not be all that bad, and a cape might just be possible.

“There have been lots of great moments thanks to this car,” Nate said. “My favorites are always Children’s Hospital kids who love Batman and the look on their face when they are behind the wheel of the car. It’s great to add a happy moment to their lives when their days are so hard.”

You’re probably getting the same idea. Mentally picking out you cape color and your incognito mask. But this BatBaller was so cool that we had to film it too, so last week’s episode of 5Minute Drive was just that, along with Santa in Herbie The Love Bug, which can be see at

Many of us strive to find ways to give back to others. We know it’s right, but finding the right way for us can sometimes be challenging. Do we give money, time, things? Well, in Nate’s case, he now gives smiles and joy through what he loves. And he loves Superhero Cars. A tool that when it pulls up anywhere, manifests smiles, cell phone cameras, whistles and questions. All of which Nate (As a true superhero) is cordial, excited and happy to always provide. We even donned masks while we drove and let people know that we were here to help.

Imagine if we all did that?

“I love Malibu with all the famous shooting locations from Knight Rider, Rockford files, Charlie’s Angels and many other shows. It’s fun to stand in the spots where they were shot.

And his Favorite Movie with a Car beyond the Batmobile? That’s too hard, he said, but on the top of the list would have to be “The Great Race” “Speed Racer” all the Bond films, and of course “Batman!”

Congratulations to Nate for pulling no punches when it comes to crime fighting and becoming this week’s RIDE OF THE WEEK! And if you’d like him or other cool movie cars to come visit you, hit him up at and they’ll arrive in style. Who knows, I may even tag along.

Do you want to be featured as Fireball’s Ride of the Week? Let him know what you’ve got by emailing and check out his awesome new Cars & Kids Bookstore for awesome designs, kid’s books and more.