Weird Car Of The Week: Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile


Initially designed by the Basic Physique Firm of Chicago with open cockpits solely to be used in Chicago, the Wienermobile underwent a metamorphosis within the Forties when it was up to date to incorporate a glass enclosure and expanded its attain to incorporate the East and Midwest areas.

First Wienermobile created in 1936 | Picture Courtesy of Oscar Mayer

After World Battle II, gasoline rationing resulted in 1952, and Oscar Mayer not solely launched the notorious Wiener Whistles but in addition collaborated with Gerstenslagerin Wooster, OH to design 5 new Wienermobiles on a Dodge chassis full with a sunroof and sound system. The following designs, together with the one constructed on a Willys Jeep chassis, started to tackle the acquainted hotdog form with buns. The later fashions, constructed on a Chevy motor residence chassis, included V6 engines and featured franktastic options reminiscent of Ford T-Chicken taillights.

The 1958 model. | Picture Courtesy of Oscar Mayer

In 1977, the Wienermobiles had been retired, however solely 11 years later, because of the enthusiastic response of devoted followers, a brand new fleet of six 23-foot-long fiberglass Wienermobiles was launched, geared up with stereo programs taking part in over 20 variations of the Oscar Mayer Wiener jingle.

Picture Courtesy of Oscar Mayer

The 1995 Wienermobiles, designed by California automotive designer Harry Bradley, had been even greater at a formidable 11 toes excessive, 8 toes large, and 27 toes lengthy, setting the usual for future Wienermobiles.

Wienermobile inside | Picture Courtesy of Mariah Tyler

The present Wienermobiles had been principally in-built 2004 at Prototype Supply in California, that includes custom-made grilled fiberglass canine sitting atop flippantly toasted fiberglass buns on a transformed GM Chevrolet four-speed/W4 sequence chassis with a Vortec V8, 6.0L, 300 hp engine. These automobiles can accommodate as much as six passengers and are geared up with a scorching dog-shaped dashboard, a Gull-wing door with automated retractable steps, a detachable bunroof, an exterior back-up digital camera, condiment-splattered carpet, blue sky ceiling artwork, a smiling entrance grill, a management panel, and cupboard space for 11,000 Wiener Whistles.

Picture Courtesy of Mariah Tyler

In 2012, two new fashions had been launched, geared up with state-of-the-art photo voltaic panels to energy the Wienermobile’s beloved jingle. At present, solely six Wienermobiles roam the roads of America, so encountering one is a uncommon and cherished expertise.




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