Like the Kiva Lodge Motel I posted back in May, the Starlite Motel with its iconic diver in neon is located on Main Street in Mesa which, in the days before the Interstate Highway System, was a major automotive crossroads in the west. It originally followed the the Apache Trail and, later, carried one border-to-border and three coast-to-coast U.S. Highways.
This is what happens when somebody devotes eight months and goodness knows how much cash to a classic car. There are some photos in 60Fire’s Flickr account of the car going through the process including one showing how it could not be an off-frame restoration due to De Soto’s "unibody" construction.
I am not certain this is truly a vintage sign as this restaurant is part of Bronco Billy’s Casino. However old the sign is, it’s still a real beauty and certainly has that authentic appearance which most people trying to copy today fail to fully capture.