No amount of threatening from a man in a rubber suit could get more than 41% of you to lip sync in terror for yesterday's monster miata. But today we're going to be singing a different tune, with a promotional car that's more G-chord than Accord.
Back in 1967, America was a smoldering powder keg of race, class and musical dichotomies. Psychedelic rock emerged as a bold new direction, with bands like the Doors, Stooges, CCR and Chicago debuting with music that spoke directly to the cultural changes affecting the nation, and broke through the confines of the traditional sub-three minute single.
The Voxmobile was designed and built by George Barris, and stands as one of his more bizarre contrivances. Along with such tastefully created objets d'art as the Bed Buggy, Munster Rod and Batmobile, Barris seemed to be the source of every custom car on film, TV and album cover at the time. This car, designed as a rolling promotional piece for the VOX products, and including working amps, keyboards and guitar racks, was supposed to co-star with Jack Nicholson in the Richard Rush-helmed acid trip film Psych-Out, but its dramatic debut was left on the cutting room floor, and Nicholson would never return its calls despite saying that he felt they really connected while on the set.
The car itself appears to be based on a street rail, with a leading arm solid axle front and cut ford 9" rear-end. The 289 Cobra motor should pump up the jam to the tune of 275 bhp, and the car is claimed to be good to 175 mph- keeping that it's in tune, that is.
There's 12 speakers strewn across the car, including a pair of 12" primaries on the intake, and it can handle up to 32 Vox guitars through the beatle head (missing, but the seller will throw in another) so that you, and 31 of your friends, can come to the simultaneous conclusion that none of you will ever come close to being as good as Clapton.
Considering all that, what will it take to park this rock & roll ride in your garage? Well, $175,000 to start. That's a lot of iTunes singles, but imagine how popular you'd be with the neighborhood kids? You could probably stop buying them candy to get them to come over with this as a draw. And imagine playing In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida while doing 175, who hasn't had that dream?
So, do you think that one hundred and seventy five gees is a fair exchange for guitarzan here? Or is that price a 20-minute drum solo to your wallet?
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