GEORGE BARRIS 1964 MUNSTERS KOACH DISSECTED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 699 – Fireball dissects the design up-close with the George Barris 1964 Munster Koach. Plus some Malibu upgrades.

The George Barris Munster Koach is the family car that was used in the television series, The Munsters.

The show’s producers contracted George Barris to provide the Munster Koach. Barris paid prolific show car designer Tom Daniel $200 to design the car, and had it built at Barris Kustoms, first by Tex Smith, but finished by Dick Dean, his shop foreman at the time.

The Munster Koach appeared in over twenty episodes throughout the series’ two-year run, and was also seen in Munster, Go Home! using different wheels.

Tom Daniel’s original drawing of the Munster Koach had it supercharged with a hood scoop and thin, round disc lights.

George Barris chose the ten-carburetor setup with the ten air horns and lantern lights.

Only one Munster Koach was made for the television series and feature film. It was made from three Ford Model T bodies and is 18 feet long.

The 133-inch frame was made by hand, as were the brass radiator and fenders. It has blood red interior and black pearl paint.

It took 500 hours to hand form the ornate rolled steel scrollwork. The front end had a dropped axle, split radius rods and T springs.

Its design featured a custom hearse body. AMT produced a plastic model kit of the Munster Koach during the series run.

It has been reissued several times since. Johnny Lightning has also produced a 1/64th scale die-cast model of the car. An unauthorized reproduction Munster Koach was built on speculation and presented to George Barris, but Barris declined to buy it.

Tubbs Johnson, Barris’ paint man, purchased the unauthorized Koach and later sold it to Jay Orhberg. Barris auctioned off the original Munster Koach in 1982 with oversized gas lights and different tires and wheels.

In 1984, George Barris wanted a Munster Koach for the Hollywood Christmas Parade. He had Dick Dean build a second authorized Munster Koach. Dick Dean’s son, Keith Dean, helped with this build.

This Munster Koach was restored in the summer of 2011 with new black pearl paint, pie crust cheater slicks, new brass lantern lights, torque thrust mag wheels, smaller skull radiator cap, and had the dummy crank lever removed and sealed.

They did not have Bobby Barr Headers, so there is a wide opening where those headers were on the original. There were five walnut blocks between the spokes of the mag wheels in rear.

The rear slicks were Firestone eleven-inch pie crust slicks. The Astro mag wheels were painted blood red just on the outside of the five spokes.

There was no skull radiator cap on the Munster Koach in the 1960s. Only later did the Munster Koach get a skull cap.

Both reproduction cars have been restored, but the original has not. Interestingly, series star Fred Gwynne never sat in the seat to drive the Munster Koach.

Instead, he sat on the floor on the ermine-fur rugs. During the time of the television series there was a song released as a single by Decca, called “Here Comes the Munster Koach”. The engine was a 289 cubic-inch Ford V8 bored out to 425 cubic inches.

Originally configured for installation in an AC Cobra, it was built with Jahns high compression pistons, 10 chrome plated Stromberg carburetors, an Isky cam, and had a set of Bobby Barr racing headers. It had a four-speed toploader manual transmission.


WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE GEORGE BARRIS BATMOBILE? – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 675 – Fireball mishmashes an episode today, resulting in something happening to the BATMOBILE & MUNSTER KOACH! WATCH BELOW!

The Batmobile is the fictional car driven by the superhero Batman in American comic books published by DC Comics.

The Batmobile made its first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939).

Housed in the Batcave, which the Batmobile accesses through a hidden entrance, the heavily armored, weaponized vehicle is used by Batman in his crime-fighting activities.

The look of the Batmobile has varied over time, but since its earliest appearances, the car has had a prominent bat motif, typically including distinctive wing-shaped tailfins.

Depictions of the vehicle have evolved along with the character, with each incarnation reflecting evolving car technologies. It has been portrayed as having many uses, such as vehicular hot pursuit, prisoner transportation, anti-tank warfare, riot control, and as a mobile crime lab.

In some depictions, the Batmobile is able to be driven unmanned or remotely operated. The car has appeared in every Batman iteration—from comic books and television to films and video games—and has since become part of pop culture.

The Munsters is an American sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters starring Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein’s monster-type head-of-the-household Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster, Al Lewis as Grandpa and Beverly Owen (later re-placed by Pat Priest) as their teenage niece, and Butch Patrick as son Eddie Munster.

The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era, and was produced by the creators of Leave It to Beaver.

It ran concurrently with the similarly macabre themed The Addams Family and achieved higher figures in the Nielsen ratings.

The series originally aired on Thursday at 7:30 pm on CBS from September 24, 1964, to May 12, 1966; 70 episodes were produced.

George Barris (born George Salapatas; November 20, 1925 – November 5, 2015) was an American designer and builder of many famous Hollywood custom cars, most notably the Munster Koach and 1966 Batmobile.

5MINUTE DRIVE Ep 24 with Director BRIAN LEVANT & the 500hp KING TAHOE… @YahooCelebrity #director @WonderwallMSN @tmz


Episode 24 has launched with KING TAHOE! This time, it’s Hollywood Director BRIAN LEVANT and his insane TV Toy Collection that covers the original Superman to Howdy Doody to Munsters and everything in between. Plus, I get some Director’s tips from an unlikely source… WATCH!