Hey, hey, it’s the Monkeemobile

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The Monkeemobile is a replica that was professionally built for the 45th Anniversary Tour

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. 

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The Monkeemobile was originally designed by famed customizer Dean Jeffries

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. 

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The GTO emblem still appears on the grille of the Monkeemobile

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. 

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The Monkees perched here (three of them, at least)

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

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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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I got The Monkee Mobile as a Christmas present from my friend . I love it . Because I am a Big fan of The Monkees . I have spent many happy summers going to see them.

    • Thanks, Valleri. I kept seeing it: Monkees Mobile, Monkee Mobile and Monkeemobile, take your pick. Since the dealer had Monkees Mobile, I went with that. I did some deeper research (never a fan of the show) and found that the MPC model had Monkeemobile, though other model kits had the other spellings. Whatever, I changed throughout to Monkeemobile since that seems most likely after all. BTW: you’re the only one to mention.

      • You may also want to correct the line about the "surviving members". You state that Davy Jones passed away in 2012, but you don’t mention that Michael Nesmith is still alive…and still performing. This makes it look like he is not.

  2. I’m pretty sure this is the car I took a ride in by the guy who made it, from Galion Ohio!! If I remember right Peter Tork help show it off at the auction in Arizona! Love this car!!!

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