Remembering Dean Jeffries

An automotive jack-of-all-trades, Dean Jeffries worked as a stuntman, car builder, and race car painter and pinstriper. He made the ‘Monkeemobile’ for the Monkees and ‘Black Beauty’ for the Green Hornet.

During the car-crazy 1950s in Southern California, Dean Jeffries was one of the first hot rodders to chop, channel and soup-up cars. His distinctive paint jobs and sculpted body work attracted many admirers to his auto shop, including the likes of James Dean, Steve McQueen and A.J. Foyt.

A legendary car painter and customizer who made the “Monkeemobile” and the original Green Hornet’s “Black Beauty,” Jeffries died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Hollywood. He was 80 and had been in declining health.

His death was confirmed by his son, Kevin. (more)


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