MUFFLER MEN FOR SALE
I’m often asked if I know of any muffler men for sale. Although there are over 180 muffler men out there they are rare and hard to find if your interested in getting your own. Owners are generally very reluctant to part with their giants. Another common question is “what is a muffler man worth?” Please check out the current going rates for Muffler Men below. We have come up with a pricing system called AGS (American Giants Standard) It’s kind of like Kelly Blue Book but for Muffler Men. If you are interested in purchasing an original Muffler Man be sure and check this page a few times a month as I update it when I hear of a Muffler Man for sale. If you have a Muffler Man and want to sell him, this is a great place to advertise. If you are interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the muffler man info and pictures and we will contact you with further details. You are also welcome to comment below. Also be sure and check out our restorations page. We have the ability to make spare parts for Muffler Men as well as brand new ones and those are available by order. We also specialize in complete restorations of the originals.
AGS current rates for Muffler Men
Original IF Muffler Man poor condition or in pieces 10 – 16K
Original IF Muffler Man good condition unrestored 16K – 30K depending on condition
Original IF Muffler Man fully restored 35K – 45K depending on version
Brand New Muffler Man 20K – 25K depending on version
14 Ft Original Bunyan Unrestored – 10-14K
14Ft Original Bunyan Restored 18-20K
Original Muffler Men For Sale
Grants Pass, OR — SOLD
Fresh on the market is this original International Fiberglass 14ft Bunyan. These guys were made as a second option to the larger more common 20′ versions. The idea was that these guys were less expensive and were smaller and could fit into smaller spaces and also there was less zoning issues with these smaller versions. Most of the 14′ Bunyans were used by the now long gone chain saw company, Lombard. The giants were used as a mascot and were named Big Luke Lombard and came with a hard hat. This one in Grants Pass, OR has been standing on his perch at the Cedarwood Saloon since 1985. The current owners purchased the business in 1991 and he came with it. He has been taken down and restored twice in the last 30 years. On one occasion in 1997 his head blew off in a wind storm and he caught it in his arms. The giant was restored at that point and his head was reattached and reinforced so it would not blow off again. The giant was again restored or repainted in 2010. He seems to be in overall good condition although he could use another sanding and paint job. The owners are asking $15K for him as is. If you are interested in purchase please reach out directly to Tami at the following email. email@example.com. If you want additional pictures please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Vanare, NY Bunyan
Still for sale is this Bunyan that has been here in Lake Vanare since the early 70s. He has stood at this campground since that time although the campground itself has changed hands and names a number of times. In 2010 he was in poor shape and missing his head but he now has his head back and has been repainted a few times. He has some damage on his inner thigh as well as the back of his left arm. He is missing his right arm completely and his right boot is detached but included in his sale. He is being sold as is for $19,900 please contact owner Jared at email@example.com and tell him we sent you.
Recently Sold Muffler Men (this list no longer being updated)
Bedford, VA – December 2019
This 14ft Muffler Man was made in 2016 by Mark Cline for a business in Bedford, VA. The giant was made from a mold pulled from an original 1963 International Fiberglass Bunyan but was heavily modified by Mark with a non standard head. The giant was sold and transported to Coeburn, VA on Dec 1 and will join a 20ft original Bunyan at the Red Oak Trading Co.
Cheshire, Ct – October 2019
This Bunyan originally stood in Boulder City, NV and was purchased used by McKnights Sporting goods in the late 60s or early 70s. He was moved and set up in St George, UT and stood there until 2001. He was purchased my Billings MT collector Owen Johnson who has collected and sold a number of giants over the years. He was sold again in the fall of 2008 to the House of Doors in Cheshire, CT. They never set him up because of new zoning laws and was finally sold in Oct 2019 to a business in McAlester, OK.
Tulsa, OK – May 2019
Buck Atoms the Muffler Man was made custom for Mary Beth Babcock who runs Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios On66. He was made by Mark Cline and set up by American Giants in May, 1019 on old Route 66 in Tulsa.
Lake George, NY – January 2019
American Giants obtained the only remaining Muffler Man that was not purchased. It was formerly Pecos Bill at Danbury Fair but after restoration started it was discovered that it was just a standard Paul Bunyan underneath. It us currently being restored.
Dallas, GA – January 2019
Three of the Magic Forest Muffler Men were sold to Atlantis Plumbing in Dallas, GA to join a Mr Bendo and Uniroyal Gal already there. The Bunyan was set up next to the Mr Bendo while the clown is laying in the yard. Another Muffler Man and the head of the clown are in restoration at Enchanted Castle Studios in VA.
East Troy, WI – August 2018
The Muffler Man we rescued out of Canada was restored by Mark Cline before going back to our shop in IL for final details. The giant was sold to Gus’s Drive In in East Troy, WI and delivered in August 2018. American Giants returned to help set up the giant in early May 2019.
San Diego CA – September 2018
This head once belonged to a standard Muffler Man or Cowboy in Southern California. He was picked up in the 80s by an artist who lived in San Diego and built this base for him and was sold a number of years ago with that artists estate when he passed. His new owner brought him to burning man this year, where his picture caught my attention of American Giants. He is currently in a private collection until we find a good place to display him where the public can enjoy him and his history appreciated.
Billings, MT – September 2018
The Cowboy in Billings, MT originaly stood at a Phillips 66 station in Milford, NE at the giant covered wagon. It was moved in the 90s to Cody, WY where it stood for a few years before being relocated to Billings MT by a Muffler Man collector. It was recently sold in early September and moved to Pomeroy, WA.
Asheville, NC – July 2018
The Native American Brave in Asheville has been standing at Harry’s On the Hill since the late 60s when he was used to advertise for Pontiac. The dealership recently decided to take him down due to changing times and culture and because they no longer sell Pontiac cars. We helped with taking him down and transporting him to restoration. He will be restored and set up at a Pontiac Museum in Pontiac, MI sometime late this year or early 2019.
Arcadia, FL – June 2018
This Indian was once one of 3 chiefs that stood in Buffalo, NY. In the early 80s the giant was moved to Perry, NY and stood on a rural road and had his arm stolen. In the mid 90s he was moved to Arcadia, FL and stood at a campground until a hurricane took him down in 2005. He has been laying in some swampy woods for years and we were able to rescue him in June this year for a full restoration, he is currently being restored by Bruce Kennedy in Hayward, CA.
Dallas, GA – May 2018
We sold our Winter Garden Unrioyal Gal to a collector in Dallas, GA in Mary of 2018. She once stood at Griffith tire and then was sold to a boat business in the early 90s. She stood on Florida Highway 50 until the business closed in 2001. American Giants has been looking for her on an off since 2012 and finally located her late last year and negotiated a sale. We spent 10 months on her restoration and her new owner wanted her to look like wonder woman so we gave her that paint job which is perfect because when new in the mid 60s she was called Miss America in the International Fiberglass catalog.
Lawrence, KS – January 2018
In 2017 Bruce Kennedy of Bell Platics in Hayward, CA made a mold of the former Mt Vernon Uniroyal Gal. He used that mold to make a new Uniroyal Gal for famous Chef STRETCH who purchased her and hauled her to Lawrence, KS in early 2018. She now stands inside his restaurant called Grinders LFK and looks just like an original. Grinders has been on the food channel and is famous for it’s pizza and philly cheese steak. It’s to often that you get to see these giants indoors or holding a giant martini glass.
Winslow, ME – December 2017
Delivered to Maine in the 1960s this unique bow tie version stood in Oakland until he was purchased by Micky Marden for Marden’s Salvage and Surplus. He was used in the 80s and 90s and finally put into storage. He was rediscoved during cleaning in 2016 and auctioned here on this page on December 10. He will get some restoration at our shop in IL before being delivered to his new owners in Richardson, TX in 2018.
Edmonton, Canada – November 2017
Once standing in Calgary Alberta at a Phillips 66 gas station this long lost Muffler Man was discovered in the fall of 2017 by a youtuber in a junk yard. American Giants became aware of him and negotiated the sale and picked him up in November. He was transported to Denver before moving on to Mark Cline in Virginia for a full restoration during the winter and spring of 2018.
Tempe, AZ – September 2017
An original 1963 14ft version Muffler Man was sold at EJ’s auction for $800 in late September. He came from the Minder Binder Bar in Tempe and used to hang from the ceiling above the stage. He was in rough condition with a missing head and arms and a replacement bear head (also original IF) Not sure yet who bought him or where he is going.
Tempe, AZ – September 2017
An original Bunyan head that at one time was part of a 20ft version Muffler Man was sold at EJ’s auction for $1,100 in late September. He came from the Minder Binder Bar in Tempe and used to hang on the wall along with many other unique items. He was in rough condition with a poor paint job and some cracking. Not sure yet who bought him or where he is going.
Moody, AL – August 2017
International Fiberglass made a non little known giant for the short lived Wagon Ho fast food chain. These seated teamasters perched on top of the resturants, made to look like covered wagons. Although an impressive site the chain died quickly and the giants found various new homes, mostly in the Carolinas. One such giant originally sat in Eastwood Mall in Birmingham, AL but retired to the countryside years later. He has recently been sold and will be moving west! More details soon.
Feeding Hills, MA – May 2017
The Giant Waving Man in Feeding Hills disappeared around May 2017 and at this point we have no information on what happened to him or where he went. We don’t know if he was sold or simply moved to a new location or stored. We have received confirmation from several sources that he is indeed missing. If you have any information on his new location please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
Mecca, CA – May 2017
The Mecca CA Muffler Man has been in California probably since he was a Phillips 66 Cowboy. He ended up alongside 111 in Mecca near the Salton Sea at a small convenience store, In 2001 his head vanished and finally he disappeared entirely in 2007. In 2014 he reappeared at the same location full restored and with his head again. In mid May 2017 he was sold at the Yucca Valley swap meet and it is unknown where he will end up.
Winter Garden, FL – Feb 2017
The Winter Garden Uniroyal Gal has been in Florida since she advertised for Uniroyal back in the 60s. She ended up at Griffith tire and then was sold to a boat business in the early 90s. She stood on Florida Highway 50 until the business closed in 2001. American Giants has been looking for her on an off since 2012 and finally located her late last year and negotiated a sale. At this point we eventually plan to restore her and possibly work with events and venues to display her from time to time.
Pocatello, ID – Nov 2016
This cowboy Muffler Man stood at the Hurricane Car Wash in Nampa, ID in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s he was moved to Bridger, MT and in 2003 he was set up in front of a casino. He is most likely a former Phillips 66 Cowboy and still has his original platform. In 2016 he was sold to The Museum of Clean in Pocatello, ID and will be transformed into the largest janitor. The museum will keep his hat on display but he will no longer be a cowboy.
Valley Park, MO – Oct 2016
This cowboy was originally at a business in Belleville, IL and was purchased by Croft Trailer sometime in the late 90s. It was installed on the roof of the business until 2009 when a violent windstorm blew him down. He was badly damaged and laid where he fell until he was purchased by American Giants for restoration in October 2016. He will be fully restored to a Phillips 66 Cowboy.
Dallas, GA – Oct 2016
After holding a sucessful auction for a Mr Bendo Muffler Man, American Giants received allot of interest in the second one that was not sold. It needed some repair on the legs and so it was stored until we were able to repair the fiberglass damage. In October we sold the second Mr Bendo that is a twin to the current giant in Indianapolis and the other Bendo in Cleveland MO. The giant was set up in December 2017 in Dallas, GA in an industrial area.
Pahrump, NV – Oct 2016
American Giants was recently able to purchase the former Texaco Big Friend turned green giant, from the Pahrump Museum. After being decommisioned by Texaco, somehow the Young Electric sign company got him and sold him in 1981 to Jack Stanton who had him turned into the Valley Homes Giant and set up on the sign. He was taken down in 2013 and heavily damaged before being donated to the local Museum. We plan to completely restore the former Big Friend and eventually display him at different locations across America.
Cleveland, MO – July 2016
American Giants recently held it’s first Muffler Man auction and sold a rare Mr Bendo version. The giant was stored at the restoration shop in Southern IL for a few years before being sold to the high bidder “stoneones”on July 17, 2016. In early 2017 the giant was permanently set up at Stones Last Resort in rural Cleveland, MO. It is a camp that can be rented out to groups and the giant stands on a pedestal next to the main building deep on the property.
Warrenton , TX – Jan 2016
Big George has been a resident of Warrenton, TX since at least 2000 at the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum. Today the business is called the Lone Star Gallery but it is owned by the same family. Big George is a classic service man version and was in great condition when he was first set up. Sadly he toppled over during a storm in 2010 and got busted up pretty good. He has been in storage for the last 5 years and was sold in January 2016 to Vintage Roadside of Portland, OR. A full restoration is in this giants near future.
Rapid City, SD – Nov 2015
American Giants was happy to be of help to Kevin Cummings, president of Cummings Plumbing Heating and Cooling, by advertising the auction of the Muffler Man in Rapid City South Dakota. He won the auction for the miner/cowboy and waisted no time in moving him to his business in Tucson, AZ. Although the Muffler Man looked almost brand new in the pictures, Kevin told us that he actually needed a full restoration to fix the many cracks and paint job. Kevin displays his cowboy with the University of Arizona logo on his hat, the Muffler Man is Arizonans biggest fan.
Havre De Grace, MD – Dec 2015
It has been rumored for awhile now, that the Havre De Grace Muffler Man might be moving. The business has been closed for some time, and a few people have been wondering if the giant would be put up for sale. The giant was spotted on Dec 2 on a trailer being hauled away from the business he has stood at for so many years. It was revealed later that the giant is in storage at the owners residence after the sale of the property and was not sold.
South Carolina – Sept 2015