As a musician and gear junkie (I don’t use the term “junkie” lightly here, I probably do have an actual hoarding problem), I frequently surf around the Reverb.com marketplace, but I never expected to find my dream car there. The seller doesn’t seem keen to share overmuch about it, but I DO NOT CARE.
Here it is. The real deal. The Voxmobile. Too much stuff to list, but if seriously interested shoot me an email. Also, some of the info in this video I created is incorrect. However, most of it is correct. Jimmy did not own the car, Vox let him use it. Apparently, it may or may not be a Cobra as someone who had a more intimate relationship with the car told me they were Cobra valve covers. I don’t know enough about engines to know either way.
The vehicle appeared in the psychsploitation classic Psych-Out, notable for featuring an early Jack Nicholson performance.
The thing even had a trading card, in the 1970 “Way Out Wheels” series!
The vehicle, built in the late ‘60s as a promotional device/guitar fetishist’s wet dream, has its own web site, thevoxmobile.com, from whence this bit of history is unleashed:
Conceptualized by the King of the Kustom Cars, George Barris, maker of The Batmobile and The Munstermobile, and Dick Dean, the vehicle resembles a Vox Phantom guitar in silhouette. The car can handle up to 32 guitars, and has a Vox Super Continental organ mounted in the rear. It cost $30,000 to build in 1968 and is well-stocked with vintage Vox Beatle equipment.
The hidden speakers and special chrome steps allow for three guitarists and an organist to rock out and play the music of the flower power era right from the car. If a band is not available, a Muntz 8-track player is used to supply the tunes.
The car is no slouch either. It is powered by an original 289 Cobra engine (used in early AC Cobras) and is reportedly able to reach 175MPH. Ryan and Brock are not sure they want to test that.
The asking price, $175,000, is a bit out of my range, unless I maybe can sell off a couple of amps, and everything else I own, and donate about ten years worth of plasma, so I guess this is not gonna happen for me. I could maybe afford that trading card, though.