Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois (Lauterbach Giant)

You might lose your head over this Route 66 roadside attraction. But, don’t worry, you’ll be in good company, because he once lost his head too. Meet the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois (AKA the Lauterbach Giant).

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois - Lauterbach Giant roadside attraction on Route 66

This fiberglass Illinois Route 66 Muffler Man has stood in the parking lot outside Lauterbach Tire & Auto Service in Springfield, Illinois since 1978. Muffler men roadside attractions 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 the 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 and come say hello.

Visit this Illinois roadside attraction on your Route 66 road trip.

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois - Lauterbach Giant roadside attraction on Route 66
Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois - Lauterbach Giant roadside attraction on Route 66
Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois - Lauterbach Giant roadside attraction on Route 66
Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois - Lauterbach Giant roadside attraction on Route 66

Lauterbach Giant in 2007

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois
Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois
Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois
Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois
Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois

While you’re road tripping through Springfield, Illinois, be sure to also check out these other local nearby Illinois roadside attractions: Abraham Lincoln’s Lucky Nose in front of his grave at the cemetery, Pinky the Pink Elephant with a Martini Glass, Cozy Dog Drive In, and the Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue.


Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man

Location: Lauterbach Auto Service, 1569 Wabash Ave. Springfield, IL 62704
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.


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You might lose your head over this Route 66 roadside attraction. But, don't worry, you'll be in good company, because he once lost his head too. Meet the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois (AKA the Lauterbach Giant). Visit this weird roadside attraction on a Route 66 road trip.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #IllinoisRoute66 #Illinois #IllinoisRoadTrip #IllinoisRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAmerica #RoadTrip
Photos of the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man, a weird roadside attraction in front of Lauterbach Auto Service in Springfield, Illinois who was once decapitated. Visit this thing to do in Illinois on your road trip through Springfield and add it to your Illinois travel itinerary and bucket lists.
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VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!