Lauterbach Muffler Man (Lauterbach Giant)

Springfield, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

The Lauterbach Muffler Man (also known as the The Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man or the Lauterbach Giant) in Springfield, Illinois has stood in the parking lot outside Lauterbach Tire & Auto Service since 1978.

This is one of the many muffler man roadside attractions on Route 66. Muffler Men are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road.

While this Lauterbach Giant now looks perfectly fine, he had earlier undergone some tragedy: he lost his head when a tornado flew through town in 2006.

Thankfully the Lauterbach muffler man’s decapitation was clean cut, the head was found intact, and the fiberglass giant has since been restored to beyond his former glory. He used to hold a tire, but after his muffler man surgery, he now proudly waves an American flag, beckoning roadside travelers to pull over on their Route 66 road trips and come say hello.

Last modified: April 25, 2024
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Lauterbach Muffler Man (Lauterbach Giant) in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Lauterbach Muffler Man (Lauterbach Giant)

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1569 Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL 62704

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Lauterbach Muffler Man (Lauterbach Giant) in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Lauterbach Muffler Man (Lauterbach Giant) in Springfield, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • This roadside attraction is located at Lauterbach Tire & Auto Service. If visiting during working hours be respectful of the business and customers.
  • Limited parking is available at the business.

Where to Stay Near Lauterbach Giant

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these nearby Route 66 hotels in Springfield, Illinois.

State House Inn

State House Inn, a landmark hotel in Springfield, Illinois, features a business center, gym, ironing service, and complimentary breakfast with a convenient location directly across the street from the Illinois State Capitol. Book a stay in one of the two themed Presidential Suites: the Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.

Inn at 835

Located near the Illinois State Capital and numerous Lincoln Historical sites, Inn at 835 offers 11 guest rooms, plus two additional suites in the Bell House. Accommodations include private baths with plush towels, hand-milled French soaps, soft linens, antique furnishings, flat screen TVs, and WiFi.

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