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Munsters Car, Dragula, and Casket Cars Galore Video

It’s that time of year when interest peaks in the legendary Munsters car, Dragula. It’s also the time when hot rod builders start thinking about building their own version of a casket car on a T-Bucket chassis. We have a terrific movie at the end of this post that features scores of Dragula clones and other casket cars that we know you’ll enjoy.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

The Tom Daniel designed, George Barris built Munsters car, Dragula, captured the imagination of millions when it debuted in the TV series 50 years ago.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

And like every popular hot rod back in the day, it was introduced to the exploding model car industry. At a time when there were only three TV channels and no such things as video games or computers, aside from sports there were very few other diversions for adolescents.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

The Munsters car Dragula was introduced in the “Hot Rod Herman” episode of the series as Grandpa Munster’s creation to win back the Munster Koach, which Herman had lost at the drags. We have a brief clip of that episode in our post about Drag-U-La and the Coffin Car Fascination.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

What’s really cool is that with its Ford 289 engine with cross-ram dual quads and 10.5 inch slicks it actually ran and was rather quick.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

Not only was the Munsters car, Dragula, featured in the TV series but also in the movie, Munster, Go Home.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

It was the ideal promotional vehicle then, as in the above pic with George Barris and Eddie Munster, played by Butch Patrick.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

Butch Patrick even continued making public appearances with Dragula clones at a wide variety of events.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

Of course, the Dragula story is not complete without mention of the Munster Koach, which was another George Barris Model T based creation and we’ll cover it in another post. But, for now we’ll feature two of my favorite Munster Koach photos. The one above is really great, with George Barris chauffeuring Herman and Grandpa in a parade.

Munsters car Munster Coach Marilyn Pat Priest

My other favorite, is the lovely Pat Priest who played “poor Marilyn”, the plain one in a family of monsters.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

As you’ll see here and in the movie below, the Munsters car, Dragula, inspired many fun-loving hot rodders to build either Dragula clones or their own unique casket car creations.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

This is the most colorful one I’ve seen to date and it is dedicated to an equally famous scary character.

Munsters car dragula drag strip

The inspiration for this coffin creation is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, who is always especially visible around Halloween time.

So, kick back and relax while viewing the movie below and you’re sure to come away with some casket car building inspiration of your own.

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My grandparents subscribed to Life Magazine and I would look through each new weekly issue when I visited them. In the Spring of 1957, my 8 year old eyes were transfixed on a full page photo of Southern California rod builder Norm Grabowski chowing down on a car hop-delivered cheeseburger while seated with a buddy in the coolest car I had ever seen! The flames were awesome and the Cadillac engine hanging out there for all to see was mind-boggling. Contrary to popular misconception, the photo of Norm in what would shortly become known as the “Kookie Kar” was not on the cover. Rather, it was part of a Photographic Essay titled, “The drag racing rage: hot rodders grow in numbers but the road to respectability is a rough one.” Wow! A radically cool looking car that’s also part of an outlaw movement — I was hooked. About a year later, I was able to feed my appetite for more of this fascinating rod that started what would later become known as the T-bucket movement. Warner Brothers introduced the detective TV drama, 77 Sunset Strip, which ran for six seasons and featured car valet Edd “Kookie” Byrnes whose personal car in the show was Norm’s hot rod that had been rented out to the producers for $50 per day. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in every episode, but I became an avid fan always hoping to catch a glimpse. The T-Bucket fire still burns strong.

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    In 1966, I was fascinated by way-out show cars like Steve Scott's "Uncertain-T", so when the "Hot Rod Herman" episode of The Munsters appeared with Grandpa's Drag-U-La, built to win back the family Munster Coach, I was glued to that blurry Black & White television! Just in case you're too…

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