MOVIE CAR SHOWDOWN ROUND 2! It’s the General Lee VS Munster Koach!! VOTE NOW!

Today’s BATTLE pits the GENERAL LEE against the MUNSTER KOACH! Vote for your favorite IN THE COMMENTS and see who wins by the end of the day!

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GEORGE BARRIS 1964 MUNSTERS KOACH DISSECTED! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 699

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

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.

EXTRA! Batmobile and Munster Koach to arrive at THE MURPHY MUSEUM!

This just in, guys! After this Sunday’s WHEELS AND WAVES, a group of us (and anyone who wants to join in) will be leaving Malibu right at 9am and heading to Oxnard’s MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM. On display starting Friday will be George Barris’ original 1966 BATMOBILE and MUNSTER KOACH!

I will be up there on Friday and Saturday as well (Press Release at the bottom of this post), but anyone coming to WHEELS AND WAVES this Sunday September 17th, I want you to caravan with us up to the Murphy to see these cars in person!

I was very fortunate to interview my good friend George before he passed on and you can also watch the episode below, but if you haven’t seen these cars, now’s your chance. JOIN US!

*** MEDIA ALERT — Exclusive preview day!

Murphy Auto Museum rolls out red carpet for two Hollywood star cars, original 1966 Batmobile and Munster Koach, Sept. 15

(OXNARD, Calif.) – Two legendary Hollywood movie and television cars built by the late George Barris, “King of the Kustomizers,” will arrive at the Murphy Auto Museum at approximately 11:00 am on Sept. 15 for an exclusive media preview ahead of weekend events.

The cars, both cultural icons with fame that spans multiple generations, will be accompanied by Barris’ daughter, Joji A. Barris-Paster. They will remain on display inside the museum to kick off a weekend of festivities and fun for fans and the entire family.

Media is encouraged to attend for interviews, videography, news segments and photo opportunities.

WHEN:           Friday, Sept. 15

TIME:             10:00 am for media arrivals; cars scheduled to arrive approx. 11:00 a.m.  

WHERE:         Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard

WHAT:            The original 1966 Batmobile Car No. 1, and original Munster Koach built by George Barris Kustoms

WHO:              David Need, museum owner, and Joji Barris, daughter of the late George Barris

CONTACT:      David cell: 805-895-4005; museum main line: 805-487-4333

INFO:               www.murphyautomuseum.org and www.barris.com

EVENTS:

Friday, September 15 – Media Day

11:00 am – The Batmobile and Munster Koach arrive by hauler to the museum

Local media invited to interview David Neel and Joji Barris, roll video, and take photos

Saturday, September 16 – Fan and Family Day

10:00 – 12:00 – Fans and families are invited to bring their children to see the cars and have their picture taken. Superhero attire encouraged! Kids under 12 and active military are always admitted free of charge. Adults are $10.

Sunday, September 17

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cars and coffee enthusiast gathering in the parking lot – one day only. Participants with a car on display are admitted free admission into the museum to check out the two Barris cars.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Memorial Car Rally Honoring George Barris will benefit local after school student program, Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG) through the Oxnard Police Department. Registration open to 50 cars only for a full day event and after-party at the museum. More information is available at http://www.murphyautomuseum.org/public-events.html#barrisrally2017 

About the Murphy Auto Museum

The Murphy Auto Museum was founded in 2000 and encompasses 30,000-sq.-ft. museum with more than 90 classic cars, a large collection of Americana, and a permanent 1,800-sq.-ft. model H/O railroad. Parking is complimentary. A nonprofit organization, it is owned and operated by Ventura County business owner and car enthusiast David Neel.

The Mission of the Murphy Auto Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history and heritage of the American automobile. We celebrate the automobile and educate the community, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in the Tri-County area.

It is at 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 805-487-4333 or visit www.murphyautomuseum.org.