The Crime Fighter F-150 Edition debuted at the 2012 LA Auto show and has recently surfaced again at Comic Con. The concept was inspired by George Barris’s Original 1966 Batmobile and originated in 2007 as a rendering by the man himself. Although many of George Barris’s ideas never became reality, this one did through the efforts of his grandson, Jared Barris. A mere eight week joint effort between Galpin Auto Sports and Barris Kustom Industries brought this creation to real life. (This should be no big deal, right, since Barris built the Ford/Lincoln Futura concept car Batmobile in 15 days in 1965.) The custom fabrication of the 18-gauge steel, hand-shaped truck-wings and the water-jetted aluminum grill design and pattern were masterly crafted by Barris Kustom. Galpin Auto Sports (G.A.S.) added the Ground Force lowering kit, Magnaflow dual exhaust to the 5.0-liter V8, 24” KMC rims, Katzskin black and red leather interior, BAKFLIP tonneau cover, hood, Streetscene side skirts and front bumper fascia, and the tuxedo black paint with Ferrari red stripes.
Will this 21st century batpickup carry the legacy of the Batmobile into the future? Doubt it. It’s probably better suited for auto shows and Comic Con than rush hour traffic. Arguably TV’s most iconic car, the Batmobile sold for $4.2 million at the Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in January 2013. (Not a bad turnaround considering that George bought the car from Ford for $1.) Certainly a hard act to follow! But hey, this crime-fighting pickup is still cool because it’s custom.
Galpin Auto Sports will build one for you, too, if you’re willing to pay the premium.
A second option is to build your own custom version of whatever it is that excites you. To stay on topic with the Crime Fighter F-150 concept, an archive search found at least one other truck with “bed fins.” This ’02 Chevy S-10 has a ’98 Cadillac De Ville trunk lid and taillights and De Ville fins molded into the bed rails.
Whatever tribute you build, whatever front end conversion you attempt, whatever style you embrace – it’s all fair game in the world of custom truck customization. Just leave the costumes at home, please.
For more pictures of the Crime Fighter F-150: http://pinterest.com/barriskustom/the-official-crime-fighter-ford-f-150-edition/