Custom car creations for TV shows were a hot commodity in the 1960s, so naturally, the teeny-bopper fans of The Monkees were treated to a street machine befitting their rock ‘n roll heartthrobs. The Monkeemobile become as famous as the ersatz band itself, with millions of scale models sold and several full-size replicas built for special occasions.
The Pick of the Day is one of those replicas, a reputedly exact copy of the original Dean Jeffries creation that was professionally built to appear along with the surviving band members for the Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour, which took place in 2011.
The tour brought together Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones (who died of a heart attack in 2012) for the nationwide appearances, and their signatures appear on the car’s glovebox door, according to the Venice, Florida, dealer advertising the Monkeemobile on ClassicCars.com.
The original Monkeemobile – and there were two of these cartoons-on-wheels made, one for use on the TV show and one for promotional appearances for the show – was designed and built by Jeffries, an acclaimed West Coast customizer, using a pair of 1966 Pontiac GTOs supplied by the GM division, which was interested in gaining even more publicity for their already wildly popular muscle car.
The cars were built under Jeffries’ contract with Model Products Corporation, which then had exclusive rights to build Monkeemobile scale models, of which they sold around 7 million.
The dealer advertising the Monkeemobile provides scant information about its history, aside from noting that it is the 45th Anniversary tour replica and powered by a small-block GM V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. The towering supercharger sticking out of the hood is most likely a prop – these cars were much more show than go – although from the photos accompanying the ad, the replica looks indistinguishable from the originals.
One of the two original Monkeemobiles, the promotional version, was owned and showcased for years by California customizer George Barris, whose Burbank shop created many well-known custom cars for TV shows. In 2008, it sold for a resounding $360,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona, auction.
The 45th anniversary replica version of the Monkeemobile is not expected to approach that result, but the dealer selling the car asks to be contacted for the price tag.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.