July 18, 1936 – The Wienermobile debuts

The first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile left the General Body Assembly plant in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1936. Designed by Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl Mayer, the Wienermobile remains a marketing and advertising device in the form of a hot dog shaped automobile. 

Top: One of the first Wienermobiles
Above: A modern version of the Wienermobile

Since its inception, there have been 11 versions built, all driven by “Hotdoggers.” While the cars tended to get bigger over the years Oscar Mayer, built a small version in 2008, based off of a Mini Cooper S hardtop. As of 2023 the Wienermobile is now known as the Frankmobile. WHAT?

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