Eddie Munster’s coffin dragster

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Drag U La was built for Butch Patrick for his Eddie Munster tours
Drag U La was built for Butch Patrick for his Eddie Munster tours

Werewolf-boy Eddie Munster wasn’t old enough to drive his own car in the 1960s TV show, The Munsters, unlike his Frankenstein-monster dad or vampire grandpa, who drove unique cars built by the shop of famed customizer George Barris. 

The Munster Koach was a classic. Eddie did have a custom go-cart, but not a real car.

When Eddie Munster actor Butch Patrick got older, he decided to remedy his lack of monster-themed vehicles by having a couple of his own built by custom-car builder Rucker Posey.  The plan was that when Patrick made public appearances, as he often does, he would have his own Munster Koach replica and Drag U La racer to awe the crowd. 

Butch Patrick and Drag U La

The Pick of the Day is the very Drag U La dragster that Patrick still uses to spice up his nationwide tours.  The coffin-bodied race car looks gruesomely quick and ghoulishly cool, and according to the Volo, Illinois, dealer advertising the beast on ClassicCars.com, it is ready to run.

Photos with the ad show Patrick driving the gleaming dragster on a race track, so it can be assumed that the next owner could take it down to the local strip and frighten the competition.

“It was built to drive and is not as fragile as some of the other recreations,” the dealer says in the ad. “It has a 400 Chevrolet engine with 400 HP backed by a TH350 transmission. The engine is dressed with a functional dual-quad intake.”

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Track time with Drag U La

Not to even mention the eight towering headers like Gothic organ pipes, chrome front drop axle, slicks and a pair of large coach lamps on either side of the tombstone grille. The car has even been autographed by Patrick and actress Pat Priest, who played Eddie’s “normal” sister, Marilyn, the dealer notes.

Drag U La’s asking price is $59,995 for a strange and funky piece of TV lore.  Oh, and if you want to actually examine the car before buying it, you’ll need to go wherever Butch Patrick is currently touring because he has it with him, the dealer says. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Nice set of wheels, I bet it will go to someone rich and never seen again. I would take it to car shows all over the state of Michigan. This one of a kind car should be enjoyed not boxed up in some rich fat cat leno garage where no can see it up close. So Patrick if your looking for someone to pass the history on, on this gravely ride, you can donate it to me. I’ll display your car at shows so people can see the Eddie car.

  2. I’m in agreement with Ray, Patrick if your reading this I too am from Michigan and I would be honored to show the Drag U La! I grew up watching the Munsters and this is something that needs to be shared with as many people as possible. Matching your enthusiasm comes easily for me because of my love of cars and what it takes to keep these vehicles in pristine condition.
    So perhaps you could go a different route and you could have one or two people in each state take the Drag U La to car shows in there state in not only your honor but to the entire cast and crew, it takes an army to do what you have done and we appreciate your commitment.

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