Fun Cars!


Think there's a V8 under this car's hood? In 1970, Campbell Soup turned to "King of Kustomizers" George Barris to, er, soup up this Mustang Boss 302 for a V8 marketing campaign. The all-steel custom roadster featured automatic transmission, a complete set of Stewart-Warner gauges, and dual tanks, one of which held gas and another for -- surprise surprise -- V8 juice!

Joe Bailon might be more famous for creating the paint color "Candy Apple Red" but his customized vehicles are just as awesome. And we're not the only ones who think so! The San Francisco Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show give away an annual Joe Bailon Elegance Award to to one car for the "visual appearance" of the paint, interior, engine, design and suspension. The trophy is a one-of-a-kind designed only for this award, topped with, what else, a Candy Apple Red apple hand painted by Joe Bailon. This car below is called the Barber Shop Car (see the barber pole on the far, rear right?) and rolled out back in 1969.

And what look at fun cars would be complete without mentioning the Wienermobile? Created in 1936 by Oscar Mayer's nephew, Carl G. Mayer, there are presently 7 Wienermobiles in existence. The car, which has appeared in two movies: "Ladybugs" starring Rodney Dangerfield and "Another You" starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder was also used in a test lap at the Indy 500 back in 1988. Besides its unmistakable shape, the Wienermobile is known for its vanity plates, which, over the years, have included OH I WISH, IWSHIWR, RELISHME and LIL LINK.