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'55 Dodge postal truck

Mention the old tv series The Munsters, and the first vehicle likely to come to mind was Herman’s Munster Koach, specially built for the show by famous customizer George Barris. But, being an old 60s’ series, there were always a lot of interesting vehicles in the background. And in a never-ending quest to bring you the more unusual stuff, here’s a 1955 Dodge mail truck, from Episode 28 of the first season, titled “Movie Star Munster,” which first aired April 1, 1965. Postal vehicles weren’t built by Chrysler, but were bodied by an Ohio company called Fageol, parts of which went on to build Twin Coach buses and Peterbilt trucks.

here's the regular Dodge panel truck

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Bill Fageol

    Mr. Corbran is not quite correct. The Highway Post Office units were built in Kent, Ohio by the Twin Coach Company.

    The Twin Coach Company was founded in Ohio in 1927 by Frank and William Fageol to build a transit coach with twin engines mounted under the floor. This was a radical concept at the time. The company went on to be a major manufacturer of busses and gasoline engines.

    Mr. Peterman purchased the factory and its contents from the FageolTruck and Coach Conpany receivers when the California Company went bankrupt in the late 1930’s. His company became Peterbuilt, a name possibly derived from the name Billbilt that was used to honor Mr. Bill, a founder of the origional Fageol Motors Company.