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Barris TV and Movie Cars Paperback – November 1, 1996

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David Fetherston is a writer, photographer, and artist. He has written several books, including Big Book of Barris, Barris TV and Movie Cars, Hot Rod Memorabilia and Collectibles, and American Woodys. Fetherston resides in Sebastopol, CA.


The one name, the one man, who epitomizes kustom cars is George Barris. A man who started working on cars during World War II, George is still promoting shows, handing out trophies and still kissing the trophy girls. In the 1950s, George and his brother Sam developed what came to be known as the “Barris look.” All of the cars to come out of their shop in southern California exhibited a certain cleanliness of line and sophistication that had more in common with sophisticated coach-built European cars than American hot rods of the same period.  At the same time that George and Sam were building some very famous cars like the Hirohata Merc and the Polynesian, George started to photograph their cars and write stories for magazines like Rod&Custom.  Not only does George Barris write as an expert on custom cars, in many cases he was the builder of the car he’s describing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760301980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760301982
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Great coverage of TV's Batmobile and the Munter's cars. Authors also remind you about cars you didn't know Barris did: The Beverly Hillbillies truck, the Flintstones (film of course) cars, updates of the Knight Rider Firebird, the Jurassic Park Explorers, and the infamous sitcom "My Mother the Car" (the butt of many Johnny Carson jokes). But also taking up space are forgotten cars from forgotton projects...the Bugaloos dune buggy and a TV special "Romp". Cars I would have liked to have seen but didn't include the Stutz replicas made for the 1971 CBS adventure series "Bearcats!". Overall a good book, but I have a hunch that only the surface of Barris' career has been scratched. How about a large format book with lots of color and details on the surviving movie cars and "Kustoms" that made Barris the legend he is?
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By A Customer on September 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
I had the opertunity to meet george barris at the Houston Autorama. He not only took time to autograph his book but to visit about custom cars. We visited for quite some time and he went to look at my custom car. I was impressed by his down to earth genuine interest in my projects. Movie cars built by Pegasus Motorcars he liked my designs and the wild wing on the back was his favorite. Thank you George Barris you are my Hero. Charlie Van Natter. .
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By A Customer on September 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
I had the opertunity to meet george barris at the Houston Autorama. He not only took time to autograph his book but to visit about custom cars. We visited for quite some time and he went to look at my custom car. I was impressed by his down to earth genuine interest in my projects. Movie cars built by Pegasus Motorcars he liked my designs and the wild wing on the back was his favorite. Thank you George Barris you are my Hero. Charlie Van Natter. .
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