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Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles

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Mark shared this brief look at the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles over the years (there were several others, including this 2011 wiener food truck). Of course, during the late 1950s, the company built a dog mobile atop an FC chassis. Perhaps, most surprising, is the latest version, one I hadn’t seen (I won’t ruin the surprise).


The first Wienermobile was built in Chicago in 1936 for $5000.


6 Comments on “Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles

  1. Mike

    The Willys Wienermobile would make regular visits to Weisz’ IGA Market in the 1950’s. Weisz’ was next to St. Brendan’s R C School on Lakeview Ave in Clifton, NJ where I was a student. All the kids would walk down lakeview Ave to view the Wienermobile, and the midget dressed in white wearing a large chief’s hat that was half as tall as he was. So one day, after school, I decide to check out the Wienermobile and see the midget out front, when I hear him say in his high squeaky voice, “Hey kid, you wanna look inside?” Scared the life out of me, ran home and never walked on that side of the street again. (For those of you who are not Catholic, RC does not stand for Cola)

  2. David Eilers Post author

    Mike, sorry to hear you didn’t make it inside the Wienermobile! I think I remember seeing one drive past our car as a kid, but that’s as close as I’ve gotten to one.

  3. Scott Denney

    I just saw a “Weinermobile” at the Grand Canyon (north rim) on September 12/13, 2020. The two attendants looked to be college type interns. We talked about how it drove, how far it was driven, … etc. and they eluded that it was one of two, with the exception of another recently made on a mini-cooper chassis. They really seemed to enjoy driving it and said it was very comfortable. And yes, they still hand out weenie whistles.

  4. Scott Denney

    Yes on the whistle.

    But I stand corrected that I saw it on the south side of the rim and not the north side. With Covid 19, the native americans have made the north side of the canyon pretty much inaccessible.

  5. David Eilers Post author


    Yeah, The Navajo were getting hit hard there for a while. I hope they don’t suffer too much this winter. I expect it to come back hard in conjunction with influenza.

    – Dave

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