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My Mother the Car..... MMMAAAaa!!!!! where are you?????


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O-kay I know it is dopey ......But when I was a kid it and the cars that Avery Schreiber drove in the show where about the only old cars a kid saw on TV. The question is ,,,what happen to it? What was it really?I think it had Model A wheels on it... Hey why where at it,,,Where is Fred MacMurry's Model T, Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang ,Jack Benny's Maxwell Fred Munster's Funeral car I remember the episode when Lilly goes to a carlot and has the man there combine a dragster and a funeralcoach into it.confused.gif [color:\\"red\\"]

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It was a "1928 Porter"- a nonexistent make. I don't know what it really was.

The Munster Koach and Drag-U-La (Grandpa Munster's Coffin dragster) are still on the show circuit. Seems like I read somewhere that George Barris himself is touring with them.

Can't help ya with the others.

I know I'm growing older- I watch TVLand and rent 60s-70s movies just to see the "old cars". The cars that were new when the shows were on prime time and in first run theatre release blush.gif .

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The "Porter" in My Mother the Car was based on a 1923-25 Model T Ford, the hood and radiator shell were the only major modifications, along with the 1930-31 Model A Ford wheels. Cookies T from 77 Sunset Strip is restored and in a collection. The Nutty Professors flying 1915 Model T was in Cars of the Stars years ago. The Happy Days '28 A roadster pickup is in York, Pa. I saw Professor Fate's Hannable 8 from the Great Race in the Petersen Collection this summer.

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The 1928 Porter (at least one of them) of "My Mother the Car" was in the Herbie Livingston collection in Charleston, SC until his death and subsequent sale of the collection in early 1995. I was at the sale and saw the car - minus the "Porter" brass script and minus the radio set-up that "mother" talked through - I guess souvenir hunters over the years got these. It did have an interesting steering set-up behind the front seat with a small wheel and mirrors which reflected from under the car so that a driver could navigate behind the seat without being seen for all those shots where "mother" was driving herself around sans Jerry Van Dyke.

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More thoughts on "Mother" - The car had a modern engine & drivetrain - I don't remember what - but it certainly explains the need to modify the hood area from the standard Model T. The car sold at Herbie's for around $ 8,500.00 plus the buyer premium (Kruse did the sale). Herbies's Batmobile went to Daytona to the Klassix (sp?) museum there. I want to think that "Mother" is in Gatlinburg, TN at the museum downtown. I know that the museum owner bought the "Herbie the Love Bug" VW at the sale and I want to think he bought "Mother" also. I think that Mr. Livingston bought "Mother" at that Harrah sale.

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The problem here is which one of the several used in filming and/or knock-offs are we looking at. I saw one of the Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang cars in the museum at Beaulieu in England, but have heard that others are displayed elsewhere. One poster mentioned the Great Race Car at the Peterson Museum, but two are on display at a casino in Tunica, MS. A Herbie, with credentials, is at the Swigart Museum in PA, but other sightings have been reported. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif" alt="" />

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There evidently are numerous "Herbie the Love Bugs" so I suspect there was more than one "My Mother the Car" also. I also, as a kid, was keenly waiting to see the series every time it came on and dreamed of someday having an antique car. As they say ....dreams do come true!

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I recently visited the Swigart Museum as it is only a hour and a half up the road. I saw they had a Herbie on loan for display. As I understand it they made around 20 of them. The only difference I could see from a stock Volkswagon was the decals, thats it. So if 20 were made probably 40 still exist.

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A Maxwell that Jack Benny was pictured in was for sale on ebay (what else? wink.gif) a few weeks ago. From the description, it had quite a lot of documentation with it. I'm sure there were others that Jack Benny was pictured with

When I went to Disney World a few years ago, the MGM Studio/Movie part had quite a few old cars on the main street on the way to the Rock-n-Roll Rollercoaster. (I was too busy looking at the cars) On another of the rides, there was kind of a museum with a few cars from The Great Race.

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My Mother The Car lives a half-dozen blocks from me, the treasured possession of my friend David Bodnar, who was a young sitcom fan in the 1960s.

He understands that there were two cars, but has been unable to track down the other one. As I recall, his Mom has late Model T sheet metal, a newer frame (Model A I believe), an automatic transmission, and small-block Chevy V8 said to be from a Corvette.

Dave drives the car regularly in good weather (I last saw him tooling down the road two weeks ago) and in fact drove his Mother the Car across Canada in the summer of 2000.

How can I post a photo within a reply?

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Unfortunately, I came along too late in the century to see "My Mother the Car"...

But "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang" was my favorite movie as a kid (except for those seemingly interminable musical numbers!).

(I beleive there was a "real" Chitty-Chitty on which Ian Flemming based his book)

A small correction- Fred MacMurray and the flying "T" were in two movies:

"The Absent-minded Professor" and "The Son of Flubber".

"Nutty Professor" was Jerry Lewis/Eddie Murphy.

Here's a real obscure question, on "Green Acres", what make truck did Mr. Hainey (Pat Butram) drive?

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> What was the total count of "General Lees" totaled filming the TV series The Dukes of Hazard? </div></div>

I don't know how many were made, but years ago I read in one of the car magazine that during the course of the show 79 Chargers were destroyed in various stunts.

Also, the owner of the only documented "Herbie" from the first movie in private hands is in Pittsburgh. He told me that there are six other cars remaining from the <span style="font-style: italic">The Love Bug</span>, all in museums. There are substantially more cars around that date from the (nauseating) sequels.

If you've seen any of these (4) movies, it's obvious that dozens of VW's were destroyed in each film.

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From: "Chris Bamford" chrisjbamford@hotmail.com>

To: peterg@aaca.org

Date: 11/13/2002 11:09 PM

Subject: Photos for AACA df

Hello Peter

I believe I should e-mail these photos to you for posting on the website in

the Re: My Mother the Car..... MMMAAAaa!!!!! where are you????? thread.

I'm apologize that they're not in colour ? I scanned these a couple years

ago for a story in our local newsletter, and converted them to B & W in

search of reproductive quality.

MMTC & David B: My Mother The Car and her owner David Bodnar of Edmonton,

Alberta

mmtc1.jpg

MMTC & Jerry VD: Mom with Jerry Van Dyke, star of the 60s sitcom.

mmtc2.jpg

MMTC & AMT kit box: Box cover from AMT's My Mother The Car plastic model

kit.

mmtc3.jpg

Thanks

Chris

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Thanks for posting the pictures, especially for those of us who came along after "My Mother the Car" went off the air.

I have to say though, that is one hideous agglomeration of motorcar styles & parts!

(I always thought that the 'Three Musketeers' -Zeder, Breer & Skelton- were the first to move the radiator ahead of the front axle, with the Aiflow!)

Must've sent purists screaming, even in 1962!

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