Pontiac GTO Monkeemobile tour car heads to auction posted on 15 July 2011
In a real tribute to its Swinging Sixties cult following, Historics at Brooklands has consigned a 1966 Pontiac GTO Coupe ‘Monkeemobile’ to its forthcoming summer sale on Tuesday July 19th.
The iconic mid-60’s muscle car has long since been a revered species of US enthusiasts and fanatics worldwide, and attracted the gaze of the Anglo-American pop rock group ‘The Monkees’ in 1966, who welcomed the opportunity to create a promo car to reflect their growing on-screen status.
The result was the zany ‘Monkeemobile’, created and built by designer Dean Jeffries, which starred in the TV show and during subsequent stage tours. The eye-catching car featured a forward tilting split two-piece windshield, a touring car T-bucket-type convertible top, modified rear quarter panels and front fenders, exaggerated rear tail lamps, a set of four bucket seats with additional third row bench seat where the rear deck should have been, and a parachute!
45 years on, in June this year, three original members of the band – Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones – were re-united with a 2011 Monkeemobile tour car, authentically created in New York from a 1966 Pontiac GTO by James Benken, a specialist US East Coast film car custom shop, and shipped to the UK ahead of their 2011 tour.
Since arriving in Liverpool, the car has been driven by all three members, made numerous press and TV cameos, as well as appearing at exhibitions and shows nationwide, and having been signed by the band, now takes centre stage at Historics auction on July 19th, where offers in the region of £75,000 – £85,000 are invited.
For more information, and to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction on the afternoon of Tuesday July 19th, call 0800 988 3838, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the website, www.historics.co.uk. Entry by catalogue only, available prior to, or on the day of the auction.