Curtains came down on the Munsters in 1966 — long before I was born.
So imagine my surprise Friday when I noticed the Munster Koach trundling down Main Street with a full-throated rumble. The 18-foot vehicle sported a brass radiator and fenders, pearly black paint and a deep red velvet interior — blood red, if you will, to fit the theme of the 1960s sitcom.
Brett Barris — the son of famed custom car designer George Barris, credited with the inception of the Batmobile as well as Drag-U-La from "The Munsters" — watched the hot rod being inched painstakingly into the Huntington Beach Art Center. This space will house "Kustom Kulture II," an exhibition spotlighting cars and all their guises, until Aug. 31.
The original Koach was auctioned off in the early '80s, but George authorized the construction of a second edition for the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 1984.
Being raised by the man who first spelled "custom" and "culture" with a "k" to make sure it stood out, Brett, 52, of Long Beach, describes the ensuing movement as cutting-edge and raw, adding, "It includes art, music, fashion — anything that is out of the norm and not cookie-cutter."