Top 15 Hot Rods From The Movies: #15 The Munster Koach

1964 Ford Munster Koach built by Barris Customs in 21 days. Photo from wikipedia.org

Made from 3 Ford Model T bodies measuring 18-feet long, this original build was featured in over twenty episodes the TV series and one full feature movie, “Munsters Go Home.” Officially called the 1964 Munster Koach, it featured gloss black pearl exterior paint and “Blood Red” velvet interior.

The car was built in less than 30 days, with total seating for eight, at the cost of $18,000. In today’s economy, that registers in at $130,000. The TV show’s producers contracted George Barris to provide the Koach. Barris paid Tom Daniel $200 to design the car, and had it built at Barris Kustoms.The Koach was finished by Dick Dean, Barris’ shop foreman at the time.

The Munster Koach has become so popular that it even has it’s own Facebook Fanpage on social media to keep the fans up to speed with its appearances. George Barris even commissioned a copy of the coach in 1986. The original Munster Koach car is on display in the Cars Of The Stars Motor Museum in Keswick, England.

Actor Butch Patrick, who played Eddie in the TV series, now owns one of the Munster’s Koach vehicles. This is a recent shot from his Facebook fanpage for the car. Photo from www.facebook.com

It has been reported that the Munster Koach can reach a top speed of 150 mph (0-45 in 7.2 seconds, 0-60 in 10 seconds, 0-80 in 15.4 seconds).

Specs:

  • 133-inch hand fabricated frame
  • Custom Hearse body
  • Hand formed brass “tombstone” radiator
  • Hand formed fenders
  • Dropped front axle
  • Split radius rods
  • Model T springs
  • Ansen Astro mag wheels painted “Blood Red”
  • Rear Firestone 11-inch pie crust slicks
  • 300 horsepower 289ci Ford V8
  • Jahns high compression pistons
  • Isky cam
  • Bobby Barr racing headers
  • 10 chrome-plated Stromberg carbs
  • 4-speed manual transmission

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Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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