Posted on 14th May 2022

Monkeemobile Official Tour Car headlines at 21st May sale

A significant part of pop history comes to auction in the UK on Saturday 21st May as Historics offers a Monkeemobile, the official 2011 tour car of The Monkees, the USA group that took the music world by storm in the late sixties. 

The group’s zany ‘Monkeemania’ foursome - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones - became pop royalty in their native USA and beyond, becoming one of the biggest-selling pop music acts of all time, scoring more than 75 million records sales worldwide and starring in their own TV show.

The Monkeemobile offered by Historics was the group’s official transport during their ten-venue 2011 UK Tour.  It celebrated their 45th anniversary since hitting the music scene in 1966, was the group’s first tour in a decade and was to become their finale.

The dramatic recreation, mirroring the band’s original Monkeemobile of the mid 60’s, was created in New York from a 1966 Pontiac GTO by James Benken, the specialist film car custom shop. On completion, it was shipped to the UK, arriving shortly before the Tour started on May 11, 2011 in Liverpool, ironically the hallowed ground of the Beatles with whom the Monkees were frequently compared in terms of popularity.

Fully road legal and registered, the Monkeemobile has remained in Britain since the tour and is well-known on the celebrity vehicle circuit. 

Presented in the same specification as when it was built, it is powered by the original rumbling V8 mated to a manual gearbox.  The extravagant body, soft top and spacious interior are presented in fine condition and reflecting its unique provenance, the bodywork is signed by members of the group, with a selection of photographs of the car with them whilst on tour accompanying the car to sale.

With a ‘60’s Monkeemobile replica selling in the USA recently for in excess of $240,000, Historics’ estimate of £60,000-£90,000 for this iconic piece of a pop musicality with official provenance is sure to attract significant interest both sides of the Atlantic.

The Monkeemobile is one of over 200 very varied and fine classic cars coming to sale at Historics sale at Ascot Racecourse, UK on Saturday, 21st May.  For full information and bidder registration, in hall, by phone and online, see the full entry here

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