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The Mr Whoopee is an ice-cream van featured in every 3D Universe game except Grand Theft Auto Advance.


The Mr Whoopee is evidently designed as a vehicle based on a van or box truck, intended to carry ice creams and other frozen foods.

In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Mr. Whoopee has a unique, modern design, with the headlights and grille resembling those of a 1986 Ford Transit, while the van itself can also resemble a deformed 1983-1991 Toyota Van.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, it resembles a modified Boxville step van, and in real-life, resembling a Chevrolet Step Van [P-10] being similar in design but considerably smaller. In most of its appearances, the decorations on top of the van serve as sexual references. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, it resembles a large pair of breasts, whereas in GTA San Andreas, it resembles a penis. The GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories renditions are exceptions, with only a single ice cream swirl and a chocolate bar.

One of the vehicle's special attributes is a musical jingle that can be toggled on or off with the horn button. The melody used for the van in all games is the same as that used by the Ice-Cream Van in Grand Theft Auto 2, except for GTA San Andreas. The GTA III version has no horn or radio. Holding the horn button will just turn on the jingle. The GTA VC version has a radio, but lacks a horn. Holding the horn button does nothing.

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Due to its size, the Mr Whoopee is fairly slow and suffers in steering and braking. In addition, the Boxville-style renditions are top heavy and is prone to rolling if not driven carefully. The van in GTA San Andreas is significantly slower than the van in other games. The van in GTA Liberty City Stories can also easily blow up after few collisions, thereby making it the weakest vehicle in GTA Liberty City Stories. The GTA III version, strangely, takes no physical damage, making it a good vehicle to drive when under fire. Most renditions have powerful-sounding diesel engines, however, GTA III's van has a gasoline engine, while the San Andreas van has a much weaker-sounding diesel. The Mr. Whoopee vans are front-wheel drive in GTA Vice City and GTA III, and rear-wheel in all other games.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 90 / 145 4 Diesel FWD (GTA III, GTA VC)
1700 / 3748
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories


Grand Theft Auto III

The Mr Whoopee is one of the rarest vehicle in the game, along with Flatbeds and some other vehicles. Finding it in traffic is very difficult. However, on mobile versions, the truck is much easier to find, though still uncommon.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Inputting the "beach party cheat" or the "Clown theme cheat" will make it become very common to spawn.
  • It's a rare sight in the game, only spawning around the beach areas of Santa Maria Beach, Verona Beach and Playa del Seville in Los Santos.
  • Can be found outside a rest stop in Las Payasadas. Only spawns when arriving from the west. If the player arrives from any other direction a Hotdog and a Bobcat will spawn in its place. Tested and confirmed on Xbox 360 and PC.
  • Spawns when driving a Faggio around the Verona Beach/Santa Maria Beach area.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories



  • "Whoopee" is a 1920s slang term for sexual intercourse, another reference to the van's sexual nature.
  • Mr. Whoopee is most likely a portmanteau of "Mr. Whippy", a brand of ice cream vans and products in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, and Mister Softee, an ice cream van brand operating in the United States.


  • The driver of the Mr Whoopee in GTA San Andreas is depicted as an obese ice cream man dressed as a clown. His appearance is made to be similar to the clown pictures seen on the truck. He will also spawn if the "Clown theme" cheat is inputted into the game.
  • A slogan seen on the Mr. Whoopee in Vice City and Vice City Stories is "It's Cherry-Popping Good". "Popping the cherry" is a euphemism for losing one's virginity.
    • In fact, two cherries can be found on top of the whip cream mount on the roof of the van. Also, in keeping with the sexual innuendo, if viewed from top, the whip cream mounts, with the cherries in the center, look like two women breasts.
  • The GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories feature an ice cream swirl with a chocolate flake, a reference to the popular "99" ice cream served in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • The jingle of the GTA III rendition is the same as that of "Mr Lolly", another ice cream van from the DMA Design (later Rockstar North) game Body Harvest.
  • The default radio station for the Mr Whoopee in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is Rise FM.
  • The slogans on the Mr Whoopee, "Please Stop Me!" and "I Will Chill Again!", foreshadow the later Rockstar North game Manhunt (specifically the blood-inscribed writing on the masks of some of the Smileys) which was in concurrent development with GTA III. These slogans are retained in the Liberty City Stories model.

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