Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Muffler Man: Mr. Bendo

Fiberglass giant arrived in Nov. 1965. Named for his muffler shop's Huth Tube Bender, which could bend a single metal tube into a twisty exhaust pipe. Moved to new Sioux Falls muffler shop in June 2018.

Automotive Brake and Exhaust

Address:
2516 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
Directions:
Automotive Brake and Exhaust. South side of the city. I-229 exit 3. Drive north one mile on US Hwy 229 BUS/S. Minnesota Ave. Mr. Bendo will be on the right, between 34th and 33rd Sts.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota - St. Patty Effect: The Unfortunate Mr. Bendo
Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo: The tailpipe-hoisting icon of Buck's Muffler Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, fell to a minivan on St. Patrick's Day. [03/18/2010] Complete Story...

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Mr. Bendo

Mr. Bendo

When Mr. Bendo moved to his new muffler shop in June 2018, the city of Sioux Falls ruled that he could no longer hold aloft his familiar tailpipe, as that made him a "sign" for the business and too tall to qualify for a sign permit. The people of Sioux Falls were angry about that, so on August 23 the city reversed itself and said that the tailpipe could return. The loophole, according to the city planning director, was that Mr. Bendo had never been classified as a sign when he first arrived in 1965, so he is in fact a work of art.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 08/24/2018]

Mr. Bendo.

Muffler Man: Mr. Bendo

Great condition! Pleased. Found Mr. Bendo along the way to the USS South Dakota. Look closely -- he really resembles Burt Reynolds. Or vice versa.

[Candy, 07/23/2018]

Mr. Bendo.

Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo

Mr. Bendo (along with Buck's Muffler business) is for sale!

[kemp0138, 02/28/2017]

Jerry Wallenstein has put his muffler business and big statue on the market.

Muffler Man foot cast.

Muffler Man - Mr. Bendo

I stopped by to meet Mr. Bendo today. As I was taking a picture, I spotted something just inside the door of the muffler shop - they had Mr. Bendo's CAST from his run in on St. Patrick's Day! It was even signed and cut like a real cast!! Super cool!

[Allee, 07/08/2011]

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