If you’re a die-hard “The Munsters” fan, or Rob Zombie, or both, you might be interested in what I have to tell you. Grandpa Munster’s famous drag racer, Drag-U-La, is up for sale.
Unfortunately, it’s not the original one used in the “Hot Rod Herman” episode. But it is one of four George Barris, famous TV car designer and fabricator, designed for the series. Barris also designed the Munster Koach for the show.
The episode that features Drag-U-La follows Eddie Munster; he tries to convince his father to challenge his friend’s father to a drag race. Herman loses, and has to give up the keys to the Munster Koach. In comes Grandpa to the rescue, who builds the Drag-U-La and goes for a rematch. He wins, and the family gets their car back.
According to Fox News, Barris had to purchase the coffin used on the original car in secret; California law required a death certificate to purchase a coffin. So, Barris paid a funeral director in cash to leave the coffin outside his house at night. He then picked it up on the hush hush.
The Drag-U-La drag racer was also the inspiration for Rob Zombie’s song “Dragula,” as he is a huge “The Munsters” fan. Zombie is also in charge of the remake of the series, and there are high hopes for it all around.
The car is being sold at auction in Kissimmee in January. In other “Munsters” news, another auction is taking place on Nov. 4 to Nov. 7. The auction is called Monsters & Friends: Featuring the Kevin Burns Collection. It honors the late producer Kevin Burns by auctioning his ‘The Munsters” memorabilia. The items include Lily Munster’s dress and Grandpa’s electric chair, as well as Eddie Munster’s little velvet shorts.
‘The Munsters’ Connections to ‘Leave it to Beaver’
This one might seem like a little bit of a stretch at first glance, but there were more similarities between “The Munsters” and “Leave it to Beaver” than you’d think.
The two shows actually shared producers and writers; Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher wrote and produced “Leave it to Beaver” episodes. Then they moved on to “The Munsters.”
The Munster family was also basically a parody of the Cleavers, for the obvious reasons. They were a loving and kind family, but they were totally unconventional. That put them at odds with “Leave it to Beaver,” which showcased a white picket fence sort of idyllic post-war life. The Munsters were different, but they were happy.
In a few episodes of “Leave it to Beaver,” the characters actually walked past the Munsters’ home. This was possible because the shows were filmed on the same lot. But imagine the delight of fans of both shows, seeing the Munster house in the pristine “Leave it to Beaver” neighborhood.