When was peak car culture? I nominate the early-mid ’60s, with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and George Barris being the ringmasters, at least of one of the most popular elements. One perfect representation of that is Dragula, a little something Grandpa in the tv show “The Munsters” cooked up in the garage.
Yes, kids back then ate this stuff up. The true hot rod era was now well gone and dead, and it all became comic book drawings come to life. Here’s a video of the Dragula in action:
Turns out the Dragula was only used in one episode, but apparently it appeared in the credits of every Season 2 episode. It was a product of George Barris’ shop, but the car was constructed by Richard “Korky” Korkes and others who worked under Korky’s direction there.
Here’s a vintage shot which includes the legendary Munster Koach in the back. Wonderful stuff. And for what it’s worth, I was not a fan of the Munsters. Addams Family was a bit more my speed.