And Black Beauty Ends
The Monkeemobiles #1,#2 cars, two
were designed by the Famous King Of Stripers
Dean Jeffries,with the help of Dick Dean,who's
George Barris main builder of custom cars.
Infact,both Monkeemobiles #1,#2 were
built in Barris Kustoms,for The Monkees TV
show. The first car was used for the first season
of the show.The second car was the stunt car
used for the second season,also for the TV.
There was a need to drive the stunt car,which
Davy Jones,was chosen,as he was the most
loved by girls,and woman,to drag race the
second Monkeemobile,and rack up ratings,at
the same time,by going against the evil man
played by Carol Shelby,in his Cobra Coupe.
Other uses for both Monkeemobiles,were
for publicity pictures for The Monkees,woman
models,and to use them for show attractions.
This would bring in ticket sales from the car
shows attracting large audiences.
Then in 1967 Davy Jones visited Mpc
to see Dean Jeffries, Monkeemobile model
kit,while Dean Jeffries,showed Davy Jones
the new model,of their famous Monkee-
mobile.In 1967 it was releases to the public,
and was the highest grossing model,of that
time.The Monkeemobile was actually designed
from the second car,since,the second car was
used in the second season of the show.The first
Monkeemobile was used just for the first season.
It did it's job,with light duty in the show.
cancelled,Universal Studios,wanted the designer
Dean Jeffries to tour The Black Beauty #1 with a
special trailer, made just like the #1 Black Beauty
picture below.However by 1971,Dean Jeffries
business was too busy,so he had his parents
pull the Black Beauty #1 in it's special trailer.
It was after this time,that Universal Studios
offered both The Monkeemobile #2,and the
#1 Black Beauty for $1,500.00 a piece to
buy both cars first.However he declined,and
George Barris bought The Monkeemobile #2,
and Black Beauty #1.
Then George Barris started, to promote these
cars.The thing he did,is start changing some of
Dean Jeffries designs.First he ruined the original
gold Monkee logo.It was now yellow orange,
but the Monkee guitar on the doors was wrong.
He also had DickDean paint the grill outer area
yellow orange.Along with the megaphone openings,
in between the headlight shells,and taillight openings.
The parachute was yellow on The Monkeemobile #2.
The parachute was not changed.Just see the show,the
second season,and it is visible to all :Yellow Parachute.
Next all wheel and tires were removed,and replaced
with different ones.The mags were now slotted.Then
Then George Barris said he designed both the two cars
The Monkeemobile,and Black Beauty.This got the car
designer Dean Jeffries mad,since he designed,both sets
of cars and built both sets with Dick Dean's help,while
in George Barris shop.
The next thing George Barris did to get back at the
designer Dean Jeffries,is have Dick Dean, build third
Monkeemobile, from a 1966 Catalina,to promote at car
shows.Dean Jeffries did not give authoration for this car
to be built.He did the same,by having Dick Dean build
more Black Beauty's.
The Black Beauty's built by Dick Dean,had the same
Dean Jeffries right nose,and grill,but had two sets of
rectangular lights on each side,and stotted mags.
You can find out all the changes that Barris Kustoms did,
at:www.theblackbeauty.com.Click on the top for all cars.
Dean Jeffries refused to allow Mpc in the late eighties
to release The Monkeemobile kit,since he designed both
cars,and here was George Barris, taking credit for designer
Dean Jeffries work.
The judge in Los Angeles ruled,if you sell a car,the new
owner has the rights.This made George Barris happy.ERTL
came out with a Blueprinter Monkeemobile in 1991 by sub-
scription only.Then in 1999 George Barris had Dick Dean
Build a AMT Monkeemobile,the #4 car.It was red like
the first two,but had thin redline tires,with Craigar SS Mags.
In the rear were 15 inch stock redlines tires with Craigars
Mags.It was tan,and had a tan top,but had that ugly yellow
orange,painted on the grill,head light openings,header open-
ings,tail light openings,and a yellow parachute.The car was
auction off ,through Mecum Auctions.
The Monkeemobile is the number four car below.
1.Above far right corner,George Barris,adds
slotted mags to to the number #2 car.Since
this does not have two sets of rectangle lights,
it looks it looks like the original car.The #1 has
the rare mags Dean Jeffries chose.The #2 car
has correct mags,since this picture was taken.It
also has the correct green LUCUS headlights
half cat eyes.2.Sideview #2 Black Beauty
3.Mecum Auctions has the AMT Dick Dean car
which was used, to make a AMT Monkeemobile
model kit.It came out in 1999.It is Monkeemobile
#4.A man in Florida won the bid.George Barris
buys The Monkeemobile #2 and makes changes.
5.The Monkeemobile #3 is 1966 Catalina.6.The #2
Monkeemobile altered restored sold for$360,000 at
Barrett-Jackson in 2008 to a comedian in Chicago.
7.#1 Black Beauty had a matching trailer,that matched
the photo above,commissioned by Universal Studios,
for Dean Jeffries to tour with the car,after the show was
cancelled. 8.Dean Jeffries tried single lights first,but he
9.The Mpc Original Monkeemobile model kit made from second car.
Then in 2006 George Barris,would again get even with
Dean Jeffries.George Barris had the car sent to Sacramento,
and built The Monkeemobile #2,like the original Mpc model.
First he had more of Dean Jeffries signature designs removed.
The model above had three tubes for the exhaust,instead of
four like the real Monkeemobiles #1 and #2.So Barris had
them make three pipes, underneath the dummy blower,on
both sides.The top was now changed from tan to white,but
chrome bands,went over the black dye,underneath the top.
Next the computer video screens,and new audio were added,
to the back of second middle bucket seats.There is no room
to sit in the rear bench seat,unless you are a little child.The
three injector scoop baffles,are now chrome.Then from a red
burgandy,to raspberry,with large original logos of The Monkees
with a black background.The upholstery was now in white,instead
of tan.The dashboard was now black.This is the story,of how
George Barris ruined Dean Jeffries.To this day neither will talked to
one another.And it all started,because George Barris took credit,
for two cars, that Dean Jeffries designed,and built.George Barris
sacrificed money for a long time friend,and who worked for him.Rift Over The Monkeemobile And Black Beauty Ends Long Friendship