Van Nuys Muffler Man.

Muffler Man - Kevin

Field review by the editors.

Van Nuys, California

Type: Bunyan (20 ft. tall)

Kevin watches for faulty exhaust systems (2004).
Kevin watches for faulty exhaust systems (2004).

Arm position: Standard

Accessories: None

Nickname: Kevin

This vintage Muffler Man stands atop a pole in front of an auto repair shop in Van Nuys. The fiberglass giant is from the original generation of 1960s M-Men, and lived at a nearby tire store (where he held two tires). These days, his specialty is encouraging Smog Checks, a California state-required emissions screening of vehicles. When new owners moved into the shop in 2001, they had his beard painted to match his pallid skin color (while leaving the black mustache). Sun exposure in modern, smog-liberated Los Angeles has further faded his colors.

On a misty day, Kevin's wan complexion makes him seem like a ghost.

Muffler Man - Kevin

Address:
15237 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA
Directions:
Tune-Up Masters. East of Sepulveda on Sherman Way.
RA Rates:
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