Starlite Diver

Starlite Motel - 2710 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona U.S.A. - date unknown
Starlite Motel
2710 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona U.S.A. – date unknown
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Starlite Motel - 2710 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona U.S.A. - April 18, 2015
Starlite Motel – 2710 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona U.S.A. – April 18, 2015
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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.

1960 De Soto Fireflite

1960 De Soto Fireflite
1960 De Soto Fireflite – Guelph, Ontario, Canada – July 20, 2015
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Found via the Forward Look Mopars group pool


1960 De Soto Fireflite
1960 De Soto Fireflite – Guelph, Ontario, Canada – July 20, 2015
Copyright © 60Fire on Flickr. All rights reserved.
Found via the Forward Look Mopars group pool

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.

Home Cafe of Cripple Creek

Home Cafe - Cripple Creek, Colorado U.S.A. - July 13, 2015
Home CafĂ© – Cripple Creek, Colorado U.S.A. – July 13, 2015
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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.