Thursday, September 3, 2009

Munster Koach

The Munster Koach was the family car that was used in the television series, The Munsters. The car was designed and built by famed Hollywood car customizer George Barris and appeared in over twenty episodes throughout the series' two-year run.

Only one Koach was made for the television series and feature film. It was made from 3 Model T bodies and is 18' long. The 133" frame was made by hand, as were the brass radiator and fenders. It has "blood red" interior and Gloss Black Pearl paint. It took 500 hours to hand form the ornate rolled steel scrollworks. The front end had a dropped axle, split radius rods and T springs.

The engine was a 289c.i. Ford 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 has a four speed manual transmission.

AMT produced a plastic model kit of the car 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.

In 1986, a copy of the coach was commissioned by George Barris.

The original car is now on display in the Cars of the Stars Museum in Keswick, England.

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