Ask Chris: Is the Batmobile in Chuck Barris’s Showroom on Riverside Drive the Real One from TV?

Our in-house historian has the answer

As far as I know, Gong Show creator Chuck Barris never designed cars and didn’t have a showroom. You must be referring to George Barris, who died last month and had been building specialty vehicles since the 1940s. The Batmobile creator sold the prototype for $4.6 million to a collector but kept a body double for auto shows. That car, assembled by car customizer Bob Butts from a 1970s Ford chassis, is on display at Barris Kustom City.