DRAG-U-LA


DRAG-U-LA

DRAG-U-LA, along with The Munster Koach, was one of two cars designed by Tom Daniel while working for George Barris and Barris Kustom Industries for the TV show The Munsters.

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The car

The fiberglass body of DRAG-U-LA was built from a real fiberglass coffin that Richard "Korky" Korkes was able to purchase out the back door of a funeral home in North Hollywood. It featured a 350HP 289CI Ford Mustang V-8 engine, with a four-speed stick shift. It had two four-barrel carburetors.[citation needed]

The two rear tires were 11-inch Firestone racing slicks, mounted on custom 10-inch Radir aluminum wheels. Each hubcap was decorated with a large silver spider. The front tires were 4-inch Italian tires on Speedsport English buggy wire wheels. To extend the Gothic motif further, Barris installed four Zoomie style organ pipes on each side of the car in lieu of standard exhaust pipe, and mounted antique lamps on the front and rear.[citation needed]

The front of the vehicle sported a marble gravestone with the legend: "Born 1367, Died ?". The radiator was formed to look like a small brass coffin. The driver sat in the rear of the vehicle behind the engine, under a plastic bubble.[citation needed]

The original car was housed in a Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where it hung from the ceiling.[citation needed] This Planet Hollywood location is now closed according to Planet Hollywood's website. The car is now housed at the Volo Auto museum in the town of Volo,IL. 1 hour north of Chicago. Volo Auto Museum had the car completely restored in 2011.

While the car came from George Barris' shop, the car was constructed by Richard "Korky" Korkes and others who worked under Korky's direction while he managed the Barris facility.[citation needed]

In The Munsters

On The Munsters TV series the car was created by Grandpa Munster so he could win back The Munster Koach, which Herman had lost in a drag race in the episode Hot Rod Herman.

The 1966 movie Munster, Go Home features Herman driving DRAG-U-LA in a cross-country race.

In culture

Rob Zombie titled a song on his Hellbilly Deluxe album "Dragula". Episode footage of the drag race was included in Zombie's horror film House of 1,000 Corpses.

The DRAG-U-LA is a playable vehicle in the car combat video game Twisted Metal 4.

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