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1984 Waymatic S


1984 Waymatic S is a concession trailer ready for a swap meet or picnic
1984 Waymatic S is a concession trailer ready for a swap meet or picnic

You say you’ve never heard of a Waymatic? Perhaps it’s because it’s not a car.

But as we perused the classifieds on ClassicCars.com we discovered the Pick of the Day, a 1984 Waymatic S concession trailer, being offered for $3,500 by a classic car dealership in Columbus, Ohio.

“It is in good condition,” the seller notes. “It is ready to work… could be used for auctioneer booth…”

The interior has two long sink-style bins
The interior has two long sink-style bins

Or, we thought, for displaying your wares at swap meets.

Or you might rent it out to local civic or church groups for festivals and picnics. It might even provide a basis as a float for your local high school’s homecoming parade.

We were curious, and did a web search and learned that Waymatic Inc. of South Fulton, Tennessee, has been in business for 61 years. It started when T.J. Easterwood invented a machine — the Waymatic — that automatically bagged dry materials such as popcorn, grain, seed and feed. The gizmo could be used in conjunction with a platform scale to serve as an automatic weighing scale and bagger.

According to the company’s website, the Waymatic was used in feed mills across the U.S. and in Mexico, and many are still in use today.

In the 1950s, Easterwood build a small special-events trailer for the local Pepsi-Cola bottling company and that led to the concession trailer business and to metal fabrication and custom sign products.

The trailer closes for towing or to secure what's inside
The trailer closes for towing or to secure what’s inside

The 1984 Waymatic S trailer is a fairly basic unit. It rides on two axles and has a door, pivot-up awnings on three sides, and a central aisle with large, full-length metal bins on either side.

The company also makes exotically decorated concession trailers with grills and fryers, and with setups for distributing beer, coffee water, even a concession trailer that carries a row of ATMs.

If you really like this Waymatic S, the Columbus, Ohio, dealership says it has seven more just like it.

To see this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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