Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:55 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

'Monkeemobile' designer Dean Jeffries dies at 80

A celebrated car customizer who painted James Dean's Porsche and made the "Monkeemobile" for "The Monkees" TV show has died. Dean Jeffries was 80.

The Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

LOS ANGELES —

A celebrated car customizer who painted James Dean's Porsche and made the "Monkeemobile" for "The Monkees" TV show has died. Dean Jeffries was 80.

His son, Kevin, tells the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/1913hRl) that Jeffries died in his sleep on Saturday at his Hollywood home.

In 1955, Jeffries custom painted Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder. Dean died in a wreck less than a month later.

Jeffries also painted many Indianapolis 500 cars.

For television, he created the "Black Beauty" for the 1960s show "The Green Hornet" and built the Monkeemobile in just 10 days. He also built movie vehicles, including a moon buggy for the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever."

Jeffries also was a stunt driver and stunt producer on films such as "The Blues Brothers" and "The Fugitive."

---

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Love the column? Pre-order the book!

Love the column? Pre-order the book!

Reserve your copy of "The Seattle Sketcher," the long-awaited book by staff artist Gabriel Campanario, for the special price of just $29.95.

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►