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An Interview with George Barris King of Kustomizers

By September 27, 2012

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George Barris

At this year's Annual Route 66 Rendezvous in downtown San Bernardino, California, we jumped at the opportunity to interview automotive industry icon, George Barris - the King Kustomizers. On the way to meet up with Mr. Barris, we were wondering where does one start with a man who began customizing cars when he was thirteen, and has, over the last sixty years, produced an immense list of legendary machines...read more.

Photo - Michele Hamer

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September 28, 2012 at 8:38 am
(1) Randy Cox says:

George Barris had nothing to with the design or buildimg of the Monkee Mobile. He bought the original car and has apparently seen fit to tell everyone he built it.
It was built by Dean Jefferies.
Please give the proper credit where it is deserved.

Many thanks for what you do and keep up the good work!

September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am
(2) classiccars says:

Hello Randy,

Thank you for your comment and kind words. Yes, there is some controversy over who “built” the Monkeemobile. A he said/he said situation. According to Barris, he built the Monkeemobile from a design by Dean Jeffries.

But your point is well taken, and if we don’t have complete confidence in the accuracy, we should remove the content…which we have done.

All the best, Tony and Michele

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