Route 66 Plymouth Neon Sign: Featuring Hemi 426 Roadrunner – NS6450
There Are Iconic Pieces Of American Automobilia History, And Then There Are Items That Truly And Genuinely Have “THE WOW FACTOR”, And This Original, One-Of-A-Kind, Porcelain Sign From 1968, Is Just Such An Item, Featuring The Plymouth Roadrunner And Hemi 426 Engine
Known In Automotive Circles As The Elephant Engine, The 426 Hemi Is The Most Famous Engine Of It’s Era (And Possibly Any Era), Having Dominated The NASCAR And NHRA Circuits, And Set World Land Speed Records, The Hemi 426 Continues To Power Some Of The Fastest Cars In The World Even Today
Route 66 Plymouth Neon Sign: Featruing Hemi 426 Roadrunner
This original Route 66 Plymouth neon sign is just one of hundreds of collectible automobilia and petroliana collectibles currently for sale from ArtFactory.com If you are a serious automobilia collector in search of a "true collection centerpiece", then look no further than this Route 66 Plymouth Neon Sign. This one-of-a-kind auto dealership advertisement for Route 66 Plymouth of Tulsa, Oklahoma, features the Roadrunner logo, and is an original advertisement for the 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner. This large, storefront sized advertisement is a genuine vintage porcelain enamel sign, measuring 4 feet at its tallest point by 31 inches at its widest point, and is on a 6 inch deep metal housing can.
The top part of the sign is red with blue lettering that reads, "MOPAR" and is die cut in the shape of the Mopar logo. This upper area is suspended by chains above the main part of the sign, which is a die cut shield shape (similar to the shape of the classic Phillips 66 signs), has a black background in the upper area, and a black stripe around the border. It reads "Route 66 Plymouth, Tulsa, Oklahoma" in white lettering. The lower area of the shield has a yellow background with a large Roadrunner logo in the center. To the upper left of the Roadrunner, is a Hemi 426 Logo. To the lower right of the Roadrunner is an "Oklahoma 66" road sign, and the words "Plymouth Roadrunner" are below this sign in black lettering. The bottom of the sign has small black lettering that reads "Copyright Route 66 Plymouth 1968". The neon on this sign is multi-colored and lights up in blue at the top around the border of the lettering of the word "MOPAR". The words "Route 66" light up in white neon, and the word "Plymouth" lights up in red neon. The Roadrunner has a white neon outline, and the spinning legs light up in white neon that has a solid state flasher to simulate the bird running.
Vintage Route 66 Plymouth Neon Sign Specifications
- Type: Two Piece, Double Sided Genuine Vintage Porcelain Enamel Dealership Sign
- Style: Die Cut, Two Pieces (Top Piece Shaped Like MOPAR Logo/Bottom Piece Shield Shaped) Mounted On Heavy Metal Housing Can
- Company: MOPAR/Chrysler Plymouth (Dodge)
- Product: Route 66 Plymouth Dealership
- Date Of Manufacture: 1968
- Place Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
- Color: Red/Yellow/Black/White/Blue/Purple
- Neon Color: White (Border Of "Route 66" Lettering/Border Of Roadrunner)/Red ("Plymouth"Lettering)/Blue ("MOPAR" Lettering)
- Dimensions: 48 Inches (4 Feet) At Tallest Point By 31 Inches At Widest Point (6 Inch Deep Heavy Metal Can)
- Condition: Original Genuine Porcelain Enamel Sign Not Restored Or Doctored (As-Pictured, See Photos For Details)
- Neon Details: All Neon And Solid State Transformers, Wiring, Mounts, Switches, And Wires Have Been Replaced.
- Comes With H.J. Nick Exclusive “Fast Hanger Bar” Allowing A Simple And Easy Way To Hang Straight And True Every Time.
- Neon Has Separate Toggle Pull Chord As Pictured So That The Sign Can Easily Be Switched On And Off Without Unplugging.
- Features Flashing Neon Legs On Roadrunner
- Certification: Brass Tag Signed By Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick
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The Historic 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner
The 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner is one of the iconic American muscle cars of the 1960's, and is highly collector coveted, even being featured in multiple episodes of the the popular History Channel show, Pawn Stars. Also featured on the sign, is the power plant behind the Plymouth Roadrunner, the Hemi 426, V-8 engine. Perhaps the most storied engine ever produced, it was initially banned by NASCAR for being too powerful!
To find an original, one-of-a-kind auto dealership sign from the 1960's is a once-in-a-lifetime find for most collectors. To find one featuring iconic imagery such as the Warner Brothers cartoon inspired Roadrunner logo, or and advertisement for something as historic as the Hemi 426 engine is even more special, even if it were just one of the two. Then to find one that also came from a dealership that was on Historic Route 66, is a veritable royal flush of collectibility. To top it all off, this original condition Mopar and Route 66 Plymouth porcelain sign has had neon fully rebuilt by our experts using period correct techniques, and neon tubes hand blown by our in-house glass blowers. This 101 Point, neon restoration, includes all new electrical components, mounts, wiring, and all solid state transformers. Furthermore, it has received award winning artist H.J. Nick's brass tag signature certification, as meeting all world class fine are qualifications. This certification means each item bearing his signature is backed by over 100 years of manufacturing world class fine art handmade furnishings, and restoring America's finest collectibles to original, museum quality condition.
ArtFactory.com & Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification Details
The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification ensures each piece to be the genuine article. Backed by our over a century of experience, with our word is our bond reputation and guaranteeing or your money back “forever". The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification makes this item one of the highest appreciating, collectible investments that you can make. These items can be insured at stated value, usually on your home owners policy, for little added premium. Thus, making this a safer investment than even those insured by the FDIC, is much more fun to own, and puts you in control instead of the bank.
History Of The Hemi 426 "Elephant Engine"
Of the great American Muscle Car Engines of the 1960’s, the 426 Hemi is perhaps that most famous of all. From dominating the racing circuits across the country; including everything from NASCAR to NHRA Drag Racing; to setting the World Land Speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the 428 Hemi Engine continues to power that fastest vehicles in the world, even today!
The 428 Hemi, also known as “elephant engine" due to its large size and weight, and high power. It was the 2nd generation of Hemi (so named due to its hemispherical shaped heads) that was produced by Chrysler. Its nearly 11 inch deck height, and nearly 5 inch bore spacing, made it the biggest in racing at the time. It is rated by Chrysler as producing 425 horsepower, but independent testing has shown it to be in fact underrated, commonly producing up to 480 horsepower. It was produced between 1964 and 1971, but is still popular today, especially in auto racing circuits such as NHRA. The engine’s large spacing makes it an ideal engine to modify because there is plenty of room to work with, and due to its popularity, parts are easier to find than for other types of engines. In fact, the NHRA’s, Top Fuel and Funny Cars are built almost exclusively with this type of engine.
First publicly debuted at the 1964 Daytona 500, the cars powered with a 428 Hemi dominated every event during the week. This included the 100 mile duels, qualifying (Paul Goldsmith winning the pole), and concluded with Richard Petty winning that year’s Daytona 500 (with Hemi’s also placing 2nd and 3rd) in his Hemi powered 43 car. In fact, the Semi’s were so dominant that year, that the engine was banned from the event (and all NASCAR races) in 1965, partly due to it not having yet been made publicly available in production cars. It would be reintroduced in 1965 (only at short track events) where it again dominated, after Dodge partially satisfied NASCAR by making the engine publicly available in its Dodge Dart, and Plymouth Coronet. By 1966 they would fully be reintroduced into NASCAR after the release of the “Street Hemi”. It would eventually become the dominant engine in the sport throughout the rest of the decade. The Semi 428 was the power plant behind a majority of Richard Petty’s all-time record 200 wins, including his record breaking 1968 season.
The impact that the 248 Hemi Engine has had on the evolution of motor racing almost cannot be overstated. Both the design that would become known as a “Funny Car”, and the “rear engine dragster” were originally designed based on modifications to a Hemi 428 engine. In the streets, the engine ruled the highways of the late 1960’s, as it was installed in some of the most famous muscle cars of all-time, including all Dodge Chargers of that era, and the famous 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner, which is highly sought after by collectors, and incredibly rare. To top it all off, modified versions of the engine still hold the World Land Speed Records for non-jet/rocket powered vehicles, with speeds exceeding a maximum of 459 miles per hour.
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