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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile -- Iconic Hot Dog Car -- Celebrates 75th Birthday

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The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile vehicle is seen outside of the New York Stock Exchange as part of its day-long 75th birthday celebration, Monday, July 18, 2011. To commemorate the milestone, the Oscar Mayer brand rang the closing bell at NYSE. | AP

The Ford Mustang. The Chevy Camaro. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile?

The famous hot dog-shaped hot rod might be better fit for cookouts than burnouts, but that doesn't mean it's not a classic American car.

Now celebrating its 75th birthday, earlier iterations of the sausage on wheels have been cruising the country since 1936, when the meat-makers at Oscar Mayer created their first Wienermobile as an attention-getting way to shuttle the company's spokesman between shops.

In the years since, the Wienermobile has evolved from a 13-foot long cylinder without a windshield to a modern-day fleet of six sausage-shaped vehicles, which travel the country promoting the brand, according to Time.

After a brief break from the road in the 1970s, when Oscar Mayer targeted consumers mainly with television ads instead of enormous rolling hot dogs, the Wienermobile returned to the streets in the 1980s and early 1990s, CNN reports.

To ring in its 75th birthday on July 18, one Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visited New York City, offering hot dog lovers free rides across Manhattan. The movable hot dog parked in front of the New York Stock Exchange while Oscar Mayer representatives rang the closing bell to cap off the day's trading.

Earlier this year, the Wienermobile made headlines by bringing a Dallas high school student and his pals to prom -- in style.

In 2009, one of the sausage-shaped vehicles crashed into a home in Wisconsin.

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