George Barris is greatest often called the creator of the first Batmobile, however the legacy of the late customized automobile specialist contains dozens of distinctive automobiles of every type and shapes.
Some of them have been TV and film vehicles, whereas others have been made for celebrities or just individuals who digged the Barris Kustom approach of modifying automobiles. Barris had a factor for decent rods, although through the years he additionally signed off his justifiable share of automotive oddities.
Today we carry you a creation that’s extremely uncommon even for George Barris: a 1998 Mercury Cougar modified to seem like a 1949 Ford Woody Wagon. Going by the identify of Cougar Woodie 2050 (although it’s titled as a 1949 Ford Barris), this automotive mashup was first launched on the 1999 Grand National Roadster Show.
The Woodie 2050 contains a full entrance finish from a 1950 Ford with a grille shell from a 1950 Mercury Panel Truck and English Lucas tri-beam headlights. The entrance doorways and high are fashioned into the flooring part, whereas the finned and ribbed aspect pipes come from a Corvette. As for the rear a part of the physique, it’s from a 1950 Ford Station Wagon, utterly fabricated to suit the undercarriage suspension and flooring.
As you possibly can see, the Cougar Woodie 2050 is a potpourri of ornaments, together with hand-formed and stained aspect oak paneling with spherical pegs, Gold Pearl-of-Essence paint sprayed in 40 coats (the gold flakes are clearly seen within the images), Colorado Custom Wheels ‘Severance’ fashion with oak spoke inlays, and a hand-carved and stretched gold leaf Barris Crest on the entrance.
If the automobile is a woodie on the skin, lets say it’s a ‘woolie’ on the within given the lambswool upholstery and carpeting. Other inside particulars embrace the gold anodized pedals and George Barris’ signature on the dash – although you’ll need to search for it rigorously as a result of the ink has worn off.
As for the mechanical stuff, energy comes from a 4.6-liter V8 hooked to a Paxton supercharger and four-speed automated transmission. A Canover air suspension can be fitted.
The cause we introduced this automobile up, apart from the truth that it’s so bizarre, is as a result of it’ll go beneath the hammer on the RM Sotheby’s Auburn Fall auction on September 3-5. It’s provided with out reserve, with an estimated worth between $25,000 and $35,000.