From The Research Vault: Monkeemobile History from Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine

 
 
From The Research Vault: Monkeemobile History from Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine

It seems that nearly everyone with a television remembers The Monkees and their off-the-wall 1960s sitcom. Whether it was seen in original release or in syndication, the “made for TV” knockoffs of The Beatles became wildly popular in their own right. It was one of those overnight sensations that sometimes happen in show business, and like the Beatles, they seem to find new generations of audiences as time goes on.

As celebrated as the Monkees are, the story of the Monkeemobile is not very well known. In actuality, there were two identical cars built, one pictured above, which was actually the first car built (we had stated incorrectly in GRRRaffiti last issue that it was the second car) and one pictured below that is owned by customizer George Barris. How a Pontiac was chosen to become the Monkeemobile is one of those classic stories of someone knowing someone who knew someone else. The catalyst to the project was George Toteff, the CEO of Model Products Corporation, better known as MPC. In addition to manufacturing models, Toteff also built the “GeeTO Tiger” model drag strip that toured the country as part of that promotion.

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