​Passage: Batmobile designer George Barris

It happened this past week ... word of the death of Hollywood car designer George Barris.

Born in Chicago, Barris found his calling while working at a Los Angeles auto body shop.

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Car customizer George Barris in 1961.
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He went on to customize many of television's most memorable cars.

Barris created a macabre rolling funeral home for "The Munsters" ... a backwoods rattletrap for "The Beverly Hillbillies" ... and a fully-loaded crime-fighting car for "Knight Rider."

Perhaps most famous of all: It was George Barris who transformed a 1955 Lincoln Futura into TV's "Batmobile." The remodeling job cost him $15,000.

He sold that car at auction in 2013 for more than $4.5 million.

George Barris was 89.