Here Comes the Munster Koach

video montage of the Munster Koach built by George Barris for the TV show The Munsters

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The Original Munsters Drag-U-La races the Boot Hill Express!
Watch the Original Munsters Drag-U-La, race the Boot Hill Express, a Stage Coach Hearse at the Autoseum, Automotive Teaching Museum! The Drag-U-La is currently house at the Autoseum so we decided that it was time this dragster hit the streets, so we ask one of our local supporters to bring down his home built Boot Hill express so the coffin could still race a hearse. The Drag-U-La is the fully restored car built by George Barris and used by Grandpa Munster, Al Lewis, in the TV series The Munsters. This is the car most famous for the episode "Hot Rod Herman" where races the Munsters Coach. For more more videos and information on the Autoseum check out of Facebook page at Facebook.com/Autoseum.





Kustom Cars Of George Barris - RIP George, 1925 - 2015
In the 1960s, the Barris firm became heavily involved in vehicle design for television production. At the beginning of the decade, Barris, who loved extravagant design, had purchased the Lincoln Futura, a concept car of the mid-1950s which had been built by Ghia of Italy. It remained in his collection for several years, until he was rather unexpectedly asked by ABC Television to create a signature vehicle for their Batman television series. Time was very short, as filming would begin in a few weeks, leaving insufficient time for a new design from scratch. Instead, Barris decided the Futura was a perfect base on which to create the Batmobile. Barris hired custom builder Gene Cushenberry to modify the car, which was ready in three weeks. The show was a hit, and the car gained notoriety for Barris. He retained ownership of the Batmobile until an auction on January 19, 2013, when Barris sold it for $4,620,000. Other television cars built by Barris Kustom Industries include the The Munster Koach and casket turned dragster (the "Drag-U-La") for The Munsters, an Oldsmobile Toronado turned into a roadster used in the first season of Mannix, a 1921 Oldsmobile touring car turned into a truck for The Beverly Hillbillies, the fictional "1928 Porter" for the NBC comedy My Mother the Car, Updated KITTs for later seasons of Knight Rider and replicas of 1914 Stutz Bearcats for Bearcats!. George Barris was responsible for the frame of the original Batmobile and other famous customized automobiles he created for various celebrities. Barris created a customized gold Rolls Royce for actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. The golden Rolls Royce displayed the detailed work of Barris and included hand-etched window glass by Robb Rich showing butterflies, roses, and hummingbirds. Barris has built many novelty vehicles for other celebrities; these include golf carts for Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Ann-Margret, Glen Campbell, and Elton John; and 25 modified Mini Mokes for a record company contest involving the Beach Boys. He would also modify cars for Hollywood stars and others. Some examples include a Cadillac limousine for Elvis Presley; custom Pontiac station wagons for John Wayne, and a pair of "his & hers" 1966 Ford Mustang convertibles for Sonny and Cher. With the cooperation of American Motors, in 1969 he modified an AMX coupe into the AMX-400 show car which was later used in a 1972 episode of the TV mystery series Banacek, and a Cadillac Eldorado turned into a station wagon for Dean Martin. Between 2002 and 2006, Barris also designed two custom Cadillac hearses for episodes of the cable television series Monster Garage. Barris' company often builds replicas of non-Barris designed vehicles from other TV series, including The Monkees (Monkeemobile), Starsky and Hutch (Ford Torino), Power Rangers (Rad-Bug, turbo Vehicles, and SPD Cars), and Knight Rider (Some of the cars are not Barris Customs. Thanks to the comments for the updates. Although the video is not completely accurate in depicting the Barris touch, you get the idea of what a true craftsmen he was.) More great car videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMXrrRWSTCRn-JZH1yAqvF5_AEvW1aY-c Soundtrack Composed And Produced by Samuel Cernuto





Drag-U-La Starting
I'll bet you didn't think this thing actually starts up. Andy Perillo fires it up and it works!. It better. He built tis rerpro.





Hot Rod Herman Drag-u-la vs Munster Koach
Music by Rob Zombie added to famous drag scene between George Barris' kustoms the Munster Koach and the Drag-u-la from episode "Hot Rod Herman"




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