Fifty-six Halloweens ago, network television launched not one but two sitcoms that were perfect for ghosts and goblins—and, as it turns out, custom car enthusiasts. The Munsters, broadcast on CBS, and The Addams Family, on ABC, ran for only two seasons (1964–66), but they were so oddly outside the norm that we still talk about them today.
The same can be said for their cars. Well, The Munsters’ cars, at least.
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I have some great shots with me and George with the Coach and I remember seeing his son driving a coffin rod around Burbank all of the time. Wow, kool times. I remember the best was when George took the Coach and a few other kustoms to the Viva show in Vegas he was great and truly missed...
I was lucky to meet and work with George at work before he passed. He truly was a great guy and personality. His deals were the starting point for these projects.
But we should not forget the true craftsmen that actually created these cars like Dean Jeffries and others.
The original coach was built by Tex Smith and completed by **bleep** Dean at the Barris shop.
Too often the actual builders get lost behind George’s promotions.
Same for Sam Barris as he was the true metal man at Barris till his untimely loss. One could only imagine what he and his brother could have done if he had lived.
Sorry ,Volo Does Not own the Original Koach and Drag-u-la, The original Koach resides in a collection in Miami Florida and the Original Drag-u-la ,resides in a collection in New Jersey!!!!!!!
Just a couple inaccuracies: The Munster Koach & Dragula were both designed by the legendary Tom Daniel. Built by Barris Kustom Industries. **bleep** Dean was involved in the original. Keith wasn't involved until Barris built a second one in the mid-80's. By then Keith had become very good at building and was given the job of building a second Koach.
The current Volo Koach & Dragula "replica's"were both built by Keith Dean. Keith has a deal with Barris Kustom Industries and when he builds a Koach, it is an authorized Barris build.
Butch Patrick's wife (ex-wife) donated some pictures to the site, she has nothing to do with MunsterKoach.com. That is solely my baby. (Thanks for including the link.)
I loved both The Munsters and The Addams Family and very rarely missed an episode. Of course, as a car nut, I appreciated those Munster cars a LOT more than Gomez Addams' Packard. The TV cars of the '60s - by Barris and others - were something we young viewers could live vicariously through. Route 66's Corvette, for instance. And the original Batmobile. I've seen the Koach at a local car show (or maybe it was a copy, but good enough for me). Never saw the Drag-u-la in person, but hope to one day. Those things take me back to some of the wonderful hours spent sitting cross-legged in front of the old B&W TV in our living room, marveling at what TV-land had created!