DRIVE IN THE GREEN HORNET BLACK BEAUTY! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 618 – Fireball snags an original DRIVE IN THE GREEN HORNET BLACK BEAUTY (1966 Chrysler Imperial) with buddy Mark Truman and gets some history about the build and the show. Then, off to the beach.

From WIKI… Black Beauty is the name of the car driven by Kato, the Green Hornet’s chauffeur.

The TV series featured a 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown hardtop customized by Dean Jeffries at a cost of $50,000 USD, part of which went toward the car’s paint job: 30 coats of metal flake, pure black green pearl of essence lacquer hand-rubbed to a high gloss.

An article in TV Guide published during the show’s network run made reference to disparaging comments made within the industry about ABC being “the two-car network” because of the #Black Beauty and the #Batmobile.

The Black Beauty was stored underneath Brit Reid’s garage. A set of switches on a secret control panel behind a tool wall would sequentially 1) lower the lights; 2) attach clamps to the axles of Reid’s personal car;

3) rotate the floor of the garage β€” hiding Reid’s car and bringing up the Black Beauty; and

4) unclamp the Black Beauty’s axles. The Black Beauty would then exit the garage through a hidden rear door, and enter the street from behind a billboard advertising the fictitious product Kissin’ Candy Mints β€” with the slogan “How sweet they are” β€” that was cleverly designed to separate down the middle and rejoin.

#VanWilliams (the #GreenHornet) and #BruceLee (#Kato) pose with the Black Beauty in a publicity shot for the 1966 Green Hornet TV series.

The Black Beauty could fire explosive charges from tubes hidden behind retractable panels below the headlights which were said to be rockets with explosive warheads; had a concealed-when-not-in-use,

drop-down knock-out gas nozzle in the center of the front grille and the vehicle could launch a small flying video/audio surveillance device (referred to as the scanner) through a small rectangular panel in the middle of the trunk lid. Working “rockets” and “gas nozzles” were incorporated into the trunk lid as well.

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