Here's today's high octane post.
|C'mon does this car even need an introduction?|
For those of you (all three of you) who may never have seen this car, it's the Batmobile from 1966's Batman TV show. It was built by George Barris and was seen in nearly (if not every) episode of the series.
Another show came on the air in 1966 - The Monkees. The boys needed to get to gigs so Dean Jefferies made this custom GTO for the series. It wasn't seen too often in the show, but it made the rounds in car shows.
1966 was a good year for another rock and roll band - Paul Revere and the Raiders. George Barris was asked for a custom car to bring a bit more attention to the band. This is what he came up with.
|Paul Revere and the Raiders and their Raider's Coach|
Bewitched was pretty big in the 1960s. One episode was written about a custom car. I wasn't a big Bewitched fan (I was an I Dream of Jeannie guy) so I don't recall the episode, but the car was pretty cool. It was called The Reactor.
|Darrin (or is it Derwood?)Stevens, Larry Tate, and some other guy.|
Wait a minute, let's go back a couple of years. I forgot 1964. You have to have seen The Munsters. This car was built for the show and made pretty regular appearances in it. It was 18 feet long and probably pretty hard to park.
|The Munster Koach complete with the Munster family.|
Going back to the mid 60s and the rock and roll thing. Vox, a musical instrument and amplifier maker, needed a promotional vehicle to shine a little light on them. They provided amps and instruments to the Monkees, Raiders, and the Beatles. Here is what they got for their advertising dollars in 1967.
77 Sunset Strip was a hot program in the very early 60s. It was about a private detective agency next door to Dino's Lodge (a Dean Martin associated restaurant). Edd "Kookie" Byrnes was the valet at the restaurant and the "teen idol" of the show. He drove a Bucket T very similar to this one.
|Reproduction of Kookie's Bucket T|
|The Red Baron|
|Looks to be about a 1960 Ford. Not famous, but very cool.|
|Fabian and Annette and a '67 Charger.|
And lastly here is a car from a Frankie and Annette movie - Fireball 500. Take Frankie and Annette, add Fabian (again with this Fabian guy?), a couple of fist fights, a splash of NASCAR and you have a stink pot of a film. But again, a decent car to look at. This was Frankie's tow car. He actually hauled his race car on a trailer behind this one. Yeah, that's real.
|It started life as a '66 Barracuda, I think.|
Hope you enjoyed this trip down the hot car memory highway. And as always
We'll be back later with . . . more stuff.