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The Munster Koach And Coffin Car Reappear

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The classic George Barris customized creations for “The Munsters” television show [1964 to 1966] – the family station wagon “The Munster Koach” and Grandpa’s “Drag-U-La”- have reappeared in pristine condition.

The Munster Koach appears early in the series in the fourth episode (“Rock-A-Bye Munster”), Lily Munster buys a hot-rod and a hearse from a used car dealership and has them customized into one car (“The Munster Koach”) as a birthday present for Herman.

Meanwhile, 32 episodes later in that first season – in an episode entitled “Hot Rod Herman” – Herman loses The Munster Koach in a drag race and Grandpa creates Drag-U-La to win it back.

Both The Munster Koach and Drag-U-La were designed by Tom Daniel and built by customizer George Barris exclusively for the show. The “Munster Koach” was a hot rod built on a lengthened 1926 Ford Model T chassis with a custom hearse body. It was 18 feet long and cost nearly $20,000 to build. Barris built the “DRAG-U-LA,” a dragster built from a coffin (according to Barris, a real coffin was purchased for the car).

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