C'mon it's the 60s judging from the custom Toronado in the background. We scoffed at those things.....Very Most Way Cool! I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she has ear plugs in, but she still needs eye protection.
My google-fu was very strong last night and I did some more research. It IS a Toronado. It is NOT a Barris backbirth (see post #247). The painting dates to the early '70s. And there's some question as to whether it was ever an actual real car, or just a paper design. The jury is still out on that.C'mon it's the 60s judging from the custom Toronado in the background. We scoffed at those things.....
Not the Esso but close - https://www.hagerty.com/media/car-profiles/esso-67-x/
Barris also built this Toronado - https://www.dragoneclassic.com/stories/the-kings-chariot-1967-oldsmobile-toronado-mannix-roadster
A friend in San Diego owns the Mannix Dodge Dart.
George was an ace promoter and had a gift of the gab. His brother Sam had all the car building talent. George was a wizard at creating "bondo cars" for the movie industry. His most historic build was mainly just a repainted Lincoln concept car called the Batmobile. It was fashionable to drive a "Barris" car for the Hollywoodites most have not survived the test of time. He was famous for using door pulls and fluorescent light grids on his builds. You had to go over the hill to Dean Jefferies shop to see some real talent in design and build. He's the guy who repurposed the GTO from I Dream of Jeanne into the Monkeemobile. He was also drafted by Shelby to go with Phil Remington to Dearborn and redesign the body of the J Car (after it killed Ken Miles). In 2 weeks he had created a new more aerodynamic shape and built the body of the 67 LeMans winning Mark IV Ford GT.Barris is not well thought of in the car community today. In addition to the kind of behavior you mentioned, he's infamous for stealing credit for custom cars he had nothing to do with. You'd recognize some of them if I were in the mood to name names.
First time I've heard that story. I heard that Jim Wangers set it up for Pontiac to supply two new '66 GTO convertibles to customize for The Monkees TV show.You had to go over the hill to Dean Jefferies shop to see some real talent in design and build. He's the guy who repurposed the GTO from I Dream of Jeanne into the Monkeemobile.
Here's a pretty good history and why the Barris confusion exists - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MonkeemobileFirst time I've heard that story. I heard that Jim Wangers set it up for Pontiac to supply two new '66 GTO convertibles to customize for The Monkees TV show.
I don't remember any specific cars from I Dream of Jeannie. Of course I wasn't watching Jeannie for cars, if you get my drift.
I met Barris at a car show. He didn't want to talk to fans. He wouldn't sign your model kit if you didn't buy it there at the car show.
R. Lee Ermy was at the show the day before (missed him) and I was told by the show promoter that Ermy made time for every fan, cracking jokes, and posing for pictures. He stayed long past his scheduled appearance time because he insisted that he meet all of his fans who were waiting.
Did some research and found out that a '66 GTO convertible--a blue one--did appear in one episode of Jeannie, so it's entirely possible that that car became one of the two original Monkeemobiles. Thanks for sending me down a rather interesting rathole of Movie/TV Car Trivia. I have a friend who will be very interested in that fact.Here's a pretty good history and why the Barris confusion exists - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkeemobile
I prefer "Jeannie's" choice in cars. She and Michael Ansara lived close to us for awhile in the early 70s. The phone lines would always light up when there was a sighting of Miss San Francisco 1951.
I bought my last tube of Testor tube glue sometime in the late '70s. Thought I might need it someday, for something. It's still unopened, somewhere. I now use six or eight different other kinds of glues and cements these days, NONE of them anything like tube glue.Snake45 now it's clear! Too much Testors tube time....