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Davy Jones’ Death

Revs Up Monkeemobile Mystery

2/29/2012 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

what the hell happened to the infamous Monkeemobile
The sudden death of Davy Jones today has re-opened the greatest mystery in television history -- what the hell happened to the infamous Monkeemobile??? And TMZ has the answer ...

For those of you under 55 ... the Monkeemobile is the modified Pontiac GTO made famous on the 1960s Monkees TV show -- and the second Davy died ... it became THE hot topic in the Monkees fan world.

Famed car customizer George Barris -- who built the car for the show -- tells TMZ, he's been getting calls non-stop ever since Davy passed away ... bombarded with questions like, “Where is the car? Is it still available? Can we see it? Can we take a photo with it?”
 
But there's one problem ... George doesn't have the car anymore -- he sold it at auction back in 2008 for roughly $500,000 ... to a Michigan man by the name of Mel Gutherie.

And Mel tells us, he's always open to fans taking pictures with the car -- but they better be willing to travel to the Midwest ... because he doesn't feel comfortable driving it very far. In fact, he had to have it TRUCKED to a Davy Jones concert in 2010, where Davy signed the hood (above).

Fun fact -- in approximately 40 years, the car has only racked up 8,000 miles.

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16.

JJ    

RIP....................

Those were BETTER days than today & you made them so.

866 days ago
17.

patty    

here they come..walking down the street...get the funniest looks from...every one we meet - hey, hey, we’re the Monkees....And people say we monkey around.....but we’re too busy singing....to put anybody down.

866 days ago
18.

campy    

What in christ's name was that tv show about? A monkey-mobile?

866 days ago
19.

Toolman    

Barris didn't build the car. Dean Jeffries did...

865 days ago
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Molly Beth Nieman    

TMZ i am from Michigan and The MonkeeMobile was here in a small town where Davy song in 2010. Here is the clip from the local news paper tonight about! It does say that Mel Gutherie was going to have the car there and many other items as well! RIP Davy and many well wishes to his family and loved ones! I was young Monkees fan at heart. Thanks for the story!

http://www.lenconnect.com/entertainment/x349737430/Davy-Jones-to-perform-at-TCA

865 days ago
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Molly Beth Nieman    

http://www.lenconnect.com/entertainment/x349737430/Davy-Jones-to-perform-at-TCA

Mel Gutherie of Livonia has it TMZ got it right here is a clipping out of my local news paper telling people about it in 2010 and Davy was there too! I was a young Monkees Fan, I loved him he was my favorite one he will always be in my heart! His voice will always live on for me and so will the shows! Im so glad i got to see him and the other boys in concert when i was younger!

865 days ago
22.

patty    

this just so sad:( - i never heard any one say a bad thing about him, not even his fellow musicians, producers, and support ppl like- musician contractors, album coordinators, studio staff - and that's still not every one - every one liked and respected him - he will really be missed:(

865 days ago
23.

patty    

btw - i wonder if it's possible there was more that 1 monkey moblie?? like knight rider did, so did batman, the general lee???

865 days ago
24.

Gary    

Molly, the photo of Davy signing the car is from that event. it was nice meeting him there, and very nice of him to come out to sign the car despite the single digit temps.

865 days ago
25.

Gary    

Molly, the photo of him signing the car was shot at that event. I'm the photographer who took the shot. it was very interesting meeting him. RIP

865 days ago
26.

Prozach    

Legendary car builder and painter Dean Jefferies built the Monkeemobile. Barris takes credit for it, but it is undue. It is widely do***ented that he did not build it. His brand of PR worked really well before the internet. Also the car was on display at the Peterson Museum, here in Los Angeles for years, so you're headline is a little silly.

865 days ago
27.

DavidLemley    

I hope that they use the Monkeemobile as the hearse at Davy Jones funeral. I'd hope the current owner was open to that idea.

865 days ago
28.

greg    

It never sold at auction!

865 days ago
29.

Dane    

The car was not built by George Barris but by Dean Jeffries.
There were 2 cars built. George Barris did own car #2 but sold it in 2008 $360...,000, its in Michigan Now. Car #1 is owned by a private collector in New York state. There are also 2 replica cars that were built.

865 days ago
30.

who cares    

TMZ you would have to ask people under 40 before you would find anyone who doesn't remember the monkeys or even the GTO. After all one of their hits was a song about the car. They were also still on TV in the 70's. I am 48 I can remember the monkees and their TV show which was really the first scripted reality show when you look at all the scripted reality shows of today. Can Remember Born Free and The Jackson 5 so you are off by 10 years when saying 55 you stupid freaking kids.

865 days ago
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