Pep Boys at Petersen

Iconic Statue Donated

Larry Jewett - June 27, 2012 03:25 PM


Petersen Executive Director Buddy Pepp, Pep Boys Executive Vice President Scott Webb, Pep Boys President/CEO Mike Odell,  Petersen Chairman Steve Young and  Petersen Curator Leslie Kendall


An example of the Pep Boys marquee statues atop a building in 1940.

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The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack 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 at the Southern California museum.
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. The 80-year-old hand-made fiberglass and plaster marquee statue once stood atop a Pep Boys store in the 1930s.  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, American Restoration, where the statues were given a complete overhaul as part of the company’s 90th anniversary. Dale and his team of experts transformed the statues to like-new condition by repairing, repainting and reinforcing the fiberglass structure. Dale’s team even recreated the cigar originally found on the statue that Manny’s character smoked until it was removed from Pep Boys’ materials during the “Great American Smoke Out” in 1990.
“It’s exciting to finally see these extraordinary pieces of automotive history displayed for the public’s enjoyment,” said Pep Boys President and CEO Mike Odell. “With more than 90 years of history, these statues stand as a reminder of the legacy of our founders, and we’re excited we can share them with visitors for generations to come.”
“We are delighted that Pep Boys chose the Petersen to showcase this iconic piece of American automotive history,” said Buddy Pepp, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s executive director. “This statue makes an excellent addition to our Streetscape; it’s a privilege for us to share it with future generations of automotive enthusiasts.”