I just learned trivia today that said the Munster mobile was made from three Model T's and the TV show was only produced for two years.
Like I said, just trivia.
The blond was the only good part of that stupid show.
50 years ago T's were just old cars and not worth much. The Munster car is worth more today than the 3 T's used as donor cars even if they were mint.
I agree the show was lame but I always though the car was cool along with the "casket dragster". The blond girl was easy on the eye as well.
The 'casket dragster' was called "Dragula" if I remember correctly. I saw it at the Don Garlitz museum in FL (Ocala maybe?) several years ago. I don't know if it is still there or not.
The car had a brief stay in Troy Michigan when the series was popular. AMT (Aluminum Model Toys) was commissioned to make a plastic scale model of it. They also did the "1928 Porter" from My Mother the Car which was also Model T based.
When AMT had the Munster Mobile, they also did a model of Grandpa's car; Drag-u-la.
My late colleague worked there and he showed me a photo of him in the car when it was posed on AMT's front lawn.
The original Batmobile sold for 4.62 million a while back. I figure the Munster Coach is worth a pretty penny.
My dad took me as a youngster in the 60's to a car show in South Bend at the civic center. I remember being amazed at all the TV cars. The Munster car, the green hornet car, James Bond, the monkeys, and probably a few others. I might have been 8-9 but still remember it. It was a good day.
Met 'em all, in costume, when the first movie opened. Goof. The car was there too.
I built the Munster T as a kid, think I still have it somewhere in a box. Never had the Dragula though.
I liked the show ....
So did I. Still laugh at them when the retro TV station runs it.
there is a local guy that has a replica of Dragula and drives it a good bit.I would feel a bit awkward driving a casket around. He bought his casket from the factory as being a defective unit from what I remember.
The blond was Beverly Owen. She was the first of three actress's who played the part of Marilyn.
Corny TV was the name of the game back then. If you think it is bad, perhaps
a quick look at what we have today will cause pause for reconsideration ! Or maybe
reality TV and overly epic end-of-the-world dramas are what it's as for some of
you groovy cats ?
I found the humor more in Herman's total lack of awareness of his appearance
than the track-laugh "funnies" the writers put into the script. Always loved the
way their house always had a dark and brooding storm overhead and all the trees
were dead and full of crows, yet the rest of the world was bright and sunny.
I still find the early seasons of Perry Mason to be my favorite TV of all time. The
first half of the show was shot outdoors all over the L.A. area. It basically shows
everything of my childhood in the background.
I believe the blond in the picture is Pat Priest. Beverly Owen was only in the first 13 or so episodes.
I always wanted to see Fred Gwynne do a re-make of car 54 and get out of the cruiser dressed as Herman.
I have vague memories of an article in Rod and Custom or one of those magazines showing it's construction. Seems like they were fiberglass bodies and maybe George Barris was the builder.
Does anyone have a better memory of it or the magazine?
I met George Barris and got a close up hands on look at the munster car at the Pomona swap meet years ago. I happened by his spot when no one else was around and we talked for almost an hour. It was great.
George Barris was the builder of the car but the bodies were three 1926 or 27 touring tubs. They were not fiberglass. Now the replicas he created (yes, there is more than one) might be.
The batmobiles (yes plural, as there were six), all were fiberglass except the first one.
Munsters Documentary on YouTube....
I watched Batman on tv saterday night and the Joker was driving his Joke Mobile.It looked like a T body as well.
If you look closely at the two photos at the beginning of the thread, the two Munster Mobiles are not the same car.
The Joke Mobile (mongrel T) was driven by Elvis Presley in "Easy Come, Easy Go" in 1967. I don't believe the episode the Joker had it came out until after that movie was filmed.
Hi Mack, Driving a casket-bodied car wouldn't bother me a bit. It's just a box until something is placed into it.