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Profiles in Kitsch: The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

For many generations, the Oscar Mayer “Wienermobile” has delighted kids both young and old, and inspired many an auto enthusiast to think outside of the bun. But there isn’t just one wienermobile. Over the years there has been a total of eleven, with currently upwards to six criss-crossing the nation’s highways and byways at any given time.  

The first “wienermobile” made its debut in 1936. Scrapped for metal during World War II, sadly that original wienermobile, built by Carl Mayer himself, is no longer around. But the second wienermobile, built in 1952, is still around and is currently on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The awesome door to the wienermobile!

Nowadays, the wienermobiles are manned by “Hotdoggers”, drivers and navigators who bring the wienermobiles to shows, events, and grocery stores around the country. One such stop was here in Athens and it gave us the opportunity to get an up close look at both the exterior and incredible interior of this specific wienermobile. 

Rear chairs in the back of the winermobile. The door directly behind leads to a storage area.
A squiggle mustard graphic adorns the floor.
The ceiling of the weiner is like the Sistine Chapel for art car lovers.
The incredible cockpit of the wienermobile. What a great view of road!

If you want to see one of the current wienermobiles up close and personal, you need only check the wienermobile tour schedule to find a stop close to you. It’s worth the time and you may even get an Oscar Mayer wiener whistle! 

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