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Barris Kustom Cars from "Fireball 500"
Saugus Speedway | American International Pictures 1966

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Candid photos of two customized cars by George Barris from "Fireball 500" (American International Pictures 1966) starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Fabian, with major shooting at the Saugus Speedway. Photos dated 1967, thin film mounted on board, 3x3½ inches. Photographer unknown.

The cars appear to be on display at a car show. It's possible that "ICAS," seen on a sign in the background of one of the photos, is the International Council of Air Shows, which coincidentally formed in 1967.

Born in Chicago in 1925, Barris came to California as a child after the death of his parents. He built airplanes before he built automobiles and ended up in "Hollywood" where he would become the "King of the Kustomizers." One of his first custom designs for the film industry was for 1958's "High School Confidential!" (1958), followed by the Beverly Hillbillies' truck (1962), the Munster Koach (1964), the Batmobile for the original "Batman" television series (1966), and KITT from "Knight Rider" (1982). Barris ran an eponymous body shop in Toluca Lake, Barris Kustom Ind., for several decades. (Note: The car in the photo below says Barris Kustom City.) He succumbed to cancer in 2015.



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Photo from Barris Kustom Ind.


LW3108: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photographs purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.

FIREBALL 500

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• Saugus Speedway


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