The Mother Road is so iconic that many companies have incorporated at least the number ’66’ into their names in an attempt to ride the popularity to increased business and profits. The Phillips Petroleum Company was no exception. It was founded by Lee Eldas “L.E.” Phillips and Frank Phillips and incorporated on June 13, 1917.
Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 by the National Highway Commission. It begins in Chicago, Illinois, and ends in Santa Monica, California—a distance of 2450 miles. Apparently some time in 1927, the “Phillips 66” name for the gasoline came about by a combination of events. The specific gravity of the gasoline was close to 66; the car testing the fuel did 66 miles per hour; and, the test took place on US Route 66.
The Phillips 66 shield logo, linking it to U.S. Route 66, was introduced in 1930 in a black and orange color scheme that would last nearly thirty years. In 1959, Phillips replaced these colors with red, white and black, the one still deployed. And so we have another cool ’66’ logo to enjoy and collect!
Most vintage automobile shows you attend will have many cars and perhaps some pickup trucks on display. But I always gravitate to the work vehicles like the Panel Truck modeled here. How cool would it be to have one of these awesome rides with your business name on the side? Rolling up to a clients house would certainly make a lasting impression!
Greenlight Collectibles, producers of authentic die cast replicas, is very active in the market today. Their product line is too vast to cover here so I certainly encourage you to click the link and visit the website for yourself.
Before you do, however, check out this beauty:
I love this truck. I would live in this truck. I would marry this truck. I may have a problem. Does anyone know a good therapist?
Also known as The Main Street of America, Route 66 has been made famous and eternal by both song and pictures. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 lists many of the stops along the highway that are still visited today, and the television show Route 66 (a bit ‘On the Nose’ there) kept the interest alive. Henry Fonda travelled down US 66 in The Grapes of Wrath depicting how it was used as a primary route for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
History. A cool collectible. And interesting trivia. What more can one post provide?