Clown cars can be obtained by contacting the major manufacturers of clown cars, VW and Ford, and the maker of the popular clown auto, the Mini. Major makes and models include the VW Beetle, the Mini Cooper and the Ford Coco. Cars are designed so that doors fall away or are equipped for a large number of occupants.
A frequently requested circus gag is one where numerous clowns file out of a small-sized car, thereby making the Mini Cooper and the VW Bug popular clown autos. Greg DeSanto, an executive director with the International Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo, Wisconsin, says that clown cars are actual cars. No trap doors are used in their manufacture. DeSanto adds that the cars are completely functional.
The car's interior is removed, including the door panels, and the windows are all painted except for one small slot in front of the driver's seat. Removing any barriers permits a large number of clowns to fit inside the vehicle, according to Car and Driver.
The Neatorama site states that original Mini Coopers and VW Bugs can hold up to 17 and 21 clowns, respectively. A 2011 Ford Focus sedan can theoretically hold a total of about 40 clowns, according to Car and Driver. The site adds that the height of an American Standard Clown is 5 feet 8 inches and that the weight is 158 pounds.