Dick Dean was a custom car builder who managed George Barris’ famous Kustom City garage for a few years, and is credited for building (or helping build) TV cars like the Munster Koach, Dragula, the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty, the Monkeemobile, Death Race 2000 cars, and the Ghostbusters ECTO-1. In the late 1960s Dean launched his own line of custom dune buggies built on shortened Beetle pans, including the Shalako and Shala-Vette. This work eventually lead to Dean building the Bricklin SV1 with Malcom Bricklin, but I still think his best design is the strangely appealing (not appalling) Shala-Vette. Find this 1969 Shala-Vette offered for $13,000 in Madison, WI (along with a number of other classics being offered by the seller including a ’59 Morris, ’70 Siata Spring, ’69 DAF 55, and others).
Find this 1960 Chevrolet El Camino Kustom here on eBay bidding for $5,249 reserve-not-met located in Lompoc, CA with 1 day to go. From eBay listing: 1960 El Camino. Original show car from the 60’s. Known as The Cherry Dream. Featured in the July 1965 issue of Rod & Custom magazine. Originally built in Texas […]
Dick Dean was born Richard Dean Sawitskas, but ditched his unpronounceable last name when an announcer at the 1959 Autorama car show shortened it. A customizer by trade, Dick went on to run George Barris’ famous Kustom City, where he did much of the dirty work on classics like the Batmobile, Munster Koach, and others […]