Meet the Car That’s Shaped Like a Meineke Muffler
If you’ve ever wanted a car that was shaped life a muffler…and let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you? Then, today is your lucky day. Meet the Meineke Muffler Car. This exhaust-inspired custom car hails from southern New Jersey and is said to be quite the local figure. It was built in 1992 in order to provide publicity and advertising for a number of local Meineke Car Care shops, and over the years it has sat outside those service shops, toured in parades, and attended special events. In fact, it probably sold a fair bit of mufflers in its heyday. Fast forward two decades and this one-of-a-kind Meineke Muffler Car recently appeared on eBay, which begs the question–what do you do with a muffler car? RELATED: This Odd 1990 Flying Concept Car was Supposed "the Future"
Underneath that tubular body lies the chassis of a 1980 Dodge D50 Ram pickup truck, which was built by Mitsubishi. As such, there are no baffles or resonating chambers inside this muffler, rather just the little 2.0-liter Mitsubishi four-cylinder that prodded the Dodge pickup along. It mates to a manual transmission and the drivetrain is said to show 91,000 miles. Most of those miles, we would assume, were added before its tenure as a muffler.
This Meineke muffler on wheels isn’t exactly what you’d call showroom fresh anymore (on a side note, imagine a showroom full of muffler cars), and the owner explains that the car has been sitting outside a local shop for the past five years. Its interior appears to be in rather rough shape, and it backs up that outdoorsy claim.
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Though the Meineke Muffler Car hasn’t run in ages and its road legality looks somewhat suspect, it does have indicator lights at all four corners, a pair of rear view mirrors, and a claimed hidden headlight. Perhaps there are a few more parades and special events in this muffler car’s future after all.
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