George Barris, often called the "King of Kustomizers", built this vehicle for the 1994 feature motion picture "The Flintstones". The movie starred John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma Flintstone, Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble, Rosie O’Donnell as Betty Rubble, as well as Kyle MacLaughlin, Halle Berry, and Elizabeth Taylor in supporting roles. The movie was based on the popular TV cartoon series, and was recognized for its special effects and art direction.
Once the movie was completed, this vehicle toured with the World of Wheels car shows, the Autorama car shows, and was then displayed at Universal Studios Theme park.
Barris's ingenious Flintmobile's design was inspired by the animated cartoon series' foot-powered version. Too heavy to be foot-propelled, this vehicle has an electric motor.
Golf cart mechanicals were mated with a custom-built steel square and rectangular-tube frame, and a mostly fiberglass body was built over it. The Barris craftsmen used tree trunks to pattern the side rails for an authentic look. Some Flintmobiles had front "wheels" that rolled as this one does, while others remained stationary. The rear "wheel" is stationary on this version.
Several additional Flintmobiles were made to promote the movie. They appeared at movie premieres, toy stores, restaurants and auto shows across the US. This is the Barris Collection's #1 Flintmobile, as certified to George Barris by the late (1910-2001) Bill Hanna of Hanna-Barbera Productions.
Hanna-Barbera's "The Flintstones" cartoon TV show ran for six seasons, from September 30, 1960 through April 1, 1966. "The Flintstones" movie was a box office hit, grossing over $130 million domestically and over $340 million worldwide.
www.barris.com George Barris and David Fetherston, "Barris TV and Movie Cars", ISBN 0760301980, 9780760301982 ,1996