Pep Boys donates historic marquee statue

Jan. 1, 2020
Philadelphia-based company’s history celebrated during ceremony at Petersen Automotive Museum
The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack today announced they have deeded a gift of a rare 10-foot-tall, Manny, Moe & Jack marquee statue from the 1930s, to the collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum. Numerous VIPs, automotive personalities, museum and Pep Boys leadership gathered to celebrate the donation with a special event on June 19 at the Southern California museum.

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Placed in the Petersen’s high-traffic first-floor Streetscape area, the statue was unveiled after a highlight reel of the restoration was shown and special remarks from both Pep Boys and Petersen leadership were made. In addition to the VIPs and leadership from both organizations on hand to celebrate donation, a number of automotive personalities also joined the evening’s festivities including Vic Edelbrock Jr., George Barris and Gene Winfield.

The 80-year-old hand-made fiberglass and plaster marquee statue once stood atop a Pep Boys store in the 1930s as pictured at right. The statues were eventually removed and stored in Pep Boys’ private collection at its headquarters in Philadelphia.

Last fall, Pep Boys Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing, Scott Webb handed the marquees to Rick Dale of HISTORY’s hit series, www.pepboys.com.

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