This list started with oddball (thumbs-up for the Drag-ula), but quickly turned gaudy with successively worse entries as the Avelate Coupe, Oldsmobile Intrigue, Martel Continental Coupe, Cizeta-Moroder and the Laser. If any of those sell for more than scrap-metal prices, it's a testament to the old adage that money doesn't buy taste!
I'm a big fan of oddballs, but the two Corvettes here are disappointing. The Avelate looks more like a Camaro, at least from the angle shown. The Martel appears to be an update of the modern Stutz Blackhawk, albeit with a Corvette roof. I'll take the Apollo or the Crossblade, thank you. Were there two alternate coffin-based Munster dragsters, one in the television series and another in the movie, "Munster Go Home"? I seem to remember seeing two different cars back in the day, in addition to the hearse.
What a COOL article!! I see LOTS of neat "oddball" cars I would LOVE to drive from time to time so average folks could have an eyebrow raising experience and something to take a pic of and talk about later!!
I especially love the Munsters coffin car! But others would be cool to own as well! Too bad I'm not rich 😞 Keith
The Apollo and Devin are fantastic. (There’s a guy that vintage races a Devin C; met him at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix a few years back. Great guy, lovely car.) Cutaway Camaro is an interesting historical artifact— one could make a case that the Merc, Cizeta and Olds fall into different species of that genus. Barris stuff has it’s place, I guess. The balance of this list… hard to imagine a suitable punishment for the folks that stripped the inherent dignity from those machines. Reminds me of dressing up a dog in a stupid costume— I always feel sorry for the dog. (Although, not sure how much dignity a “Smart” car has to begin with.)
The Drag-U-La looks like the best deal. Odd cars aren't my thing, but I guess if one buys one Hagerty is probably the on company that can insure one. However it's best not to get in a fender bender with any one of these cars. Coffin cars were all the rage in the 1960s. Maybe they will come back into fashion with a remake of the Munsters.
Does anyone know exactly where in Oakland the Apollo was built? The background in the photo looks more like Fremont. Speaking of Oakland, that Martel sports pimpmobile would have looked right in style cruising down East 14th back in the day.