Monday, May 19, 2008

TV Show Cars part 1

One of the things that has been missing from TV shows for quite some times is the custom cars that were a part of so many shows, especially during the 1960's. I've made a list of these, and wanted to share the top 10.

Today, I'll post the 3 greatest TV Show cars ever.

My all-time favorite is the Batmobile.

In late 1965, George Barris, one of the greatest custom car builders ever, built a steel Batmobile on a frame from a 1955 Lincoln. The car was similar to that of the comic book. By late 1966, Barris built 3 more fiberglass copies of the original Batmobile.

While the original used the frame from the 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept car (a one of a kind) the copies used 1965-1966 Ford Galaxy frames.


My next favorite is the Monkeemobile.

The car, designed by Dean Jeffries, was based on a 1966 Pontiac GTO. He made 2 of these cars for the TV show, "The Monkees." One was used for promotional appearances, while the other was used and driven in the show. The car used in the show had a functioning supercharger, and produced so much torque that it could do wheelstands. They eventually replaced it with a fake blower because the car was too powerful and very difficult to drive.


My 3rd favorite car is the Munstermobile. The technical name was the Munster Koach, but everyone commonly called it the Munstermobile.

Built by the incomparable Geoge Barris, the Munster Koach was made from 3 Model Ts, and was powered by a 289 Cobra engine bored out to 425 cubic inches. It had 10 carbs. I couldn't find any other specs on it, but I'm sure the car had some go power.

Rumor has it that one at least one occasion, Fred Gwynne "borrowed" the car, and drove around Hollywood with the cast.



Susie said...

I loved the cars! I forgot about the Munsters one, that was great, big old Fred driving around - didn't grandpa have a special car too?

Jack Payne said...

Bingo, Crotchety, the Batmobile was always my favorite, too.

Outside My Brain said...

lol - great article and excellent use of photos. Too many kids these days can't remember, or don't care to remember, the classics.

Claire said...

No KIT? I guess your not a hoff fan :)

Da Old Man said...

That's just the top3. The Hof can't compare to Batman.

And he can't sing like Davy Jones.

Susie, yes, Grandpa had the Dragula. That will be in the next batch.

Bradley said...

It's a toss up between the batmobile and the Munster vehicle. The Dragula was cool as well.

The newer batmobiles may have more bells and whistles but they just have never had the style of the old one.