Multiple signs have been used to identify the commercial vehicle, one of which carries the subtitle, "Ride At Your Own Risk." Another sign on the oversized exhaust outtake reads, "We Don't Go Anywhere." Resembling — and probably cobbled together from — an old Volkswagen bug, the car's roof retracts like a convertible. At least one of its license plates carries the designation, PHO-OEY.
In 1993, the Jalopy was the featured element of the street story in Episode 3081, as Oscar reminisces about his time with the car.
The car was featured in Sesame Street, Special, and the 1998 video Fiesta! where it was being used as a carosa (float) by the kids to replace Rosita's broken float. Oscar and Grundgetta raced the car in Episode 4134 (2006).
Another car was featured in Follow That Bird with a different look and vehicle make (but still referred to as the sloppy jalopy). Since his horn is broken, Oscar has a Honker in the backseat to fill that function. A ragged umbrella covers the back area, and a "Big Bird or Bust!" sign is hand painted in a ragged scrawl. The license plate reads, "SCRAM." This iteration of the vehicle was used to promote the film in the 1984 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with Oscar, Big Bird, Bob McGrath, and Sonia Manzano riding in it.
Before his taxi, Oscar previously had the Grouchmobile, seen in a picture in Episode 0636. He, Gordon, and the kids compare it to Gordon's Volkswagen, with the biggest difference being that the Grouchmobile doesn't work.