USA AUTO THEMES

In 1925 an executive from General Motors named Walter Chrysler founded his own car company. Three years later, after he bought Fargo truck company and the Dodge Brothers Company, the Automotive Daily News coined the term “the Big Three” to describe the dominant troika that Chrysler formed with GM and Ford (which has its own section on this website). Chrysler that same year also established the Plymouth and DeSoto brands, but in the 1970s a number of factors including the 1973 oil crisis impacted Chrysler’s sales, and by the late 1970s, Chrysler was on the verge of bankruptcy. Lee Iacocca was brought in as CEO and is credited with returning the company to profitability in the 1980s.
(Note – if you like to read about him get hold of a copy of “Where have all the Leaders Gone” – its good stuff). In 1987, Chrysler acquired American Motors Corporation, which brought the profitable Jeep brand under the Chrysler umbrella. Then in 1998 Chrysler merged with German automaker Daimler-Benz AG to form DaimlerChrysler. Nowadays after a government bail out following the GFC, Chrysler still sells vehicles worldwide under its flagship Chrysler brand, as well as the Dodge, Jeep, and Ram brands. It also manufactures vehicles sold under the Fiat brand in North America. Other major divisions of Chrysler include Mopar and SRT.

General Motors started in 1908 as a holding company for Buick. It acquired Oldsmobile then Cadillac, Elmore, Oakland and the Reliance and Rapid Companies, the predecessors of GMC Truck. Then the Chevrolet Motor Car Company came into the mix.
In the early 1980s GM employed 349,000 workers and operated 150 assembly plants, and GM led global sales for 77 consecutive years from 1931 through 2007, longer than any other automaker. In 2008/9/10, GM has ranked as the 2nd largest global automaker. Along the way, following the GFC of 2008, a failure to obtain government loans caused GM to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. The company then shed several brands, closing Saturn and Pontiac, and emerged from Chapter 11 and back to profitability in 2010.

Today GM produced cars and trucks in 37 countries through the following brands: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun, Holden, Isuzu, Jie Fang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling.

  • USA SIZE PLATE – PERSONALISED CUSTOM MADE

    A USA SIZE PLATE - PERSONALISED CUSTOM MADE is a way of personalising your own US Sized Novelty Plate - these embossed plates can be done as "One Offs" or in large numbers and production turnaround is on a weekly cycle. USA Size plate (30.5cm x 15.5cm) without mounting holes. (Sorry but no holes in the first batch of 50 but next batch will have holes) Can have one line of embossed characters in a choice of three different heights Large (L) = 80mm / Medium (M) =60mm and Small (S) =50mm. If 'L' or ‘M’ chosen no more than 6 characters including one space. If ‘S’ is chosen no more than 9 characters including one space. The embossed characters are normally placed central on the plate but can be bottom justified but not top justified In addition to diamonds, dashes, dot/fullstops, we now have even more punctuation options on characters that can be embossed as shown on an attached image. The new characters are: a proper number one with a serif - 1 a hash tag - # apostrophe – ‘ and symbol - & at symbol - @ USA size plates are available in the following background colours: White, Black. Characters and borders can be embossed in the following colours: White; Black; Blue; Yellow; Gold; Silver; Green; Red; Maroon By law we must avoid character combinations that are similar to state issued licenced or personalised registration plates and in general this includes avoiding the following Alpha Numeric combinations:  AAA NN / AA NNN / AAA NNN / NNN AAA / NNN AA  / AA NN AA  / NAAANNN. For bona fide car collectors and exhibitors we can get around this if our customer provides a signed statement of intentional use. There is a Colour chart posted on this website at http://dixiesouvenirs.com/shop/colour-chart-for-aussie-custom-plates/ or there is an icon to click on in the linked products below

  • FORD THUNDERBIRD BEACH SCENE

    The FORD THUNDERBIRD BEACH SCENE Tin sign is one of several Thunderbird signs we stock. The Ford Thunderbird was an automobile that was manufactured by Ford in the United States over eleven model generations from 1955 through 2005. The Thunderbird created a market niche that eventually became known as the personal luxury car. The TBIRD entered production for the 1955 model year as a sporty two-seat convertible. Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, it was not marketed as a sports car. Ford positioned the Thunderbird as an upscale model and is credited in developing a new market segment, the personal luxury car. In 1958, the Thunderbird gained a second row of seats. Succeeding generations became larger until the line was downsized in 1977, again in 1980, and once again in 1983. Sales were good until the 1990s, when large 2-door coupes became unpopular; production ceased at the end of 1997. In 2002 production of the Thunderbird started again, a revived 2-seat model was launched, which was available through the end of the 2005 model year. From its introduction in 1955 to its phaseout in 2005, Ford produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each FORD THUNDERBIRD BEACH SCENE sign is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12.5 x 16 ins (32 x 40cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin they can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

  • PONTIAC SERVICE

    The PONTIAC SERVICE circular sign features Pontiac which was a brand of automobiles manufactured and sold by General Motors (GM); though production ended in 2010, Pontiac remains a registered and active trademark of GM. The Pontiac automobile brand was established in 1926 as a companion make for GM's more expensive line of Oakland automobiles. The Pontiac cars overtook its Oakland parent in popularity and supplanted the Oakland brand entirely by 1933. Pontiac became a companion make for Chevrolet. Pontiac was sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico by GM. Pontiac was advertised as the performance division of General Motors for many years, while specializing in mainstream vehicles. Pontiac was relatively more popular in Canada, where for much of its history it was marketed as a low-priced vehicle. In late 2008 and early 2009, amid financial problems and restructuring efforts, GM announced it would discontinue manufacturing and marketing vehicles under the Pontiac brand by the end of 2010 and focus on four core brands in North America: Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC. The last Pontiac badged cars were built in December 2009, with one final vehicle built in January, 2010. Franchise agreements for Pontiac dealers expired October 31, 2010. This is a flat non-embossed sign measuring 12ins (30cm) diameter and is made from durable and long lasting high quality tin which can be hung inside or outside. Each is pre-drilled so ready to hang. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! Novelty signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. For protection from factory to customer each PONTIAC SERVICE circle sign is supplied in shrink wrap and is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition and ready for hanging on display in store.

  • CHEVROLET BELAIR 50TH

    The CHEVROLET BELAIR 50TH Tin sign is one of several we have in Chevy classics. The Chevrolet Bel Air was a full-size automobile that was produced by Chevrolet (a division of General Motors) from 1950–1981. This sign was made in celebration of the Belairs 50th anniversary in 2007, and depicts the 2nd generation (1955–1957) car which superceded 1st generation with all new styling and power. It was first called the "Hot One" in GM's advertising campaign. The 1956 Bel Air received a face-lift with a more conventional full-width grille, pleasing those customers who didn't favor the Ferrari-inspired '55 front end. Distinctive two-tone bodyside treatments and graceful front and rear wheel openings completed the "speedline" restyling. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each CHEVROLET BELAIR 50TH sign is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12.5 x 16 ins (32 x 40cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin they can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

  • SHELL MOTOR OIL CAN

    The SHELL MOTOR OIL CAN Tin sign is one of several we have in motor oils. Wikipedia tells us Shell Oil Company is the United States-based subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, a multinational "oil major" of Anglo-Dutch origins, which is amongst the largest oil companies in the world. Approximately 22,000 Shell employees are based in the U.S. The U.S. head office is in Houston, Texas. Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America's largest oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell is the market leader through approximately 25,000 Shell-branded gas stations in the U.S. which also serve as Shell's most visible public presence. Shell Oil Company is a 50/50 partner with the Saudi Arabian government-owned oil company Saudi Aramco in Motiva Enterprises, a refining and marketing joint venture which owns and operates three oil refineries on the Gulf Coast of the United States. The Shell Oil Company Warehouse, built in 1925 and located at 425 S. N. 16th Ave. Phoenix, Arizona. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Shell products include oils, fuels, and car services as well as exploration, production, and refining of petroleum products. The Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California, the first Shell refinery in the United States, supplies Shell and Texaco stations in the West and Midwest. Shell gasolines previously included the RU2000 and SU2000 lines (later there was a SU2000E) but they have been superseded by the V-Power line. In 1997, Shell and Texaco entered into two refining/marketing joint ventures. One combined their Midwestern and Western operations and was known as Equilon. The other, known as Motiva, combined the Eastern and Gulf Coast operations of Shell Oil and Star Enterprise, itself a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Texaco. After Texaco merged with Chevron in 2001, Shell purchased Texaco's shares in the joint ventures. In 2002, Shell began converting these Texaco stations to the Shell brand, a process that was to be completed by June 2004 and was called "the largest retail re-branding initiative in American business history.". In the year 2016, Shell Nederland Raffinaderij BV (Shell Pernis) said that it has started a new aromatics unit at the large Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each SHELL MOTOR OIL CAN sign is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12.5 x 16 ins (32 x 40cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin they can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

  • CHEVY AVENUE

    Our CHEVY AVENUE is a Euro Size plate (52cm x 11cm) without mounting holes. Soon to be available with mounting holes. Stock colour is silver on Black background Dixie’s Aluminium Aussie plates are are extremely high quality and Australian manufactured with embossed characters and an embossed border If you would like plates made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on creating a plate to your design please click here Important note about images we provide for novelty signs and plates: Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.

  • INTERCEPTORS

    The INTERCEPTORS novelty plate is all about the specially built pursuit cars or "Interceptors", made famous as iconic muscle cars in the movies This plate comes standard as completely flat and non-embossed but for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition If you would like plates made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on creating a plate to your design please click here Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.

  • BEACH WOODY

    Our BEACH WOODY is all about the legendary "woodie" - a car body style with rear bodywork constructed of wood framework with infill wood panels. Originally, wood framework augmented the car's structure, where later models featured applied wood and wood-like elements. Ultimately, manufacturers supplanted wood construction with a variety of materials and methods to recall wood construction — including infill metal panels, metal framework, or simulated wood-grain sheet vinyl, sometimes augmented with three-dimensional, simulated framework. In 2008, wood construction was evoked abstractly on the Ford Flex with a series of side and rear horizontal grooves. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each BEACH WOODY is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12.5 x 16 ins (32 x 41cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin. They can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

  • HIGHWAY TO HELL

    HIGHWAY TO HELL. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each HIGHWAY TO HELL is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12 x 15 ins (30 x 38cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin. They can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

  • HOT ROD GARAGE ORANGE RAT ROD

    HOT ROD GARAGE ORANGE RAT ROD. Hot rods are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. The origin of the term "hot rod" is unclear. A possible origin includes replacement of the camshaft with a new ("hotter") version, sometimes known as a hot stick or hot rod. Roadsters were the cars of choice because they were light, easy to modify, and available inexpensively. The term became commonplace in the 1930s or 1940s as the name of a car that had been "hopped up" by modifying the engine in various ways to achieve higher performance. A term that was common in the early days to refer to a hot rod was a "gow job". This has fallen into total disuse except with historians. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each HOT ROD GARAGE ORANGE RAT ROD is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12 x 15 ins (30 x 38cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin. They can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

  • HOT ROD GARAGE GREY ROD

    HOT ROD GARAGE GREY ROD. Hot rods are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. The origin of the term "hot rod" is unclear. A possible origin includes replacement of the camshaft with a new ("hotter") version, sometimes known as a hot stick or hot rod. Roadsters were the cars of choice because they were light, easy to modify, and available inexpensively. The term became commonplace in the 1930s or 1940s as the name of a car that had been "hopped up" by modifying the engine in various ways to achieve higher performance. A term that was common in the early days to refer to a hot rod was a "gow job". This has fallen into total disuse except with historians. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each HOT ROD GARAGE GREY ROD is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12 x 15 ins (30 x 38cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin. They can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

  • CORVETTE 1968 STINGRAY 427

    CORVETTE 1968 STINGRAY 427. The Chevrolet Corvette C2, also known as the Corvette Sting Ray, is a sports car that was produced by Chevrolet for the 1963 to 1967 model years. The 427 was available with a Holley triple two-barrel carburetor arrangement, which the factory called Tri-Power. The ultimate Corvette engine for 1967 was coded L88, even wilder than the L89, and was as close to a pure racing engine as Chevy had ever offered in regular production. Besides the lightweight heads and bigger ports, it came with an even hotter camshaft, stratospheric 12.5:1 compression, an aluminum radiator, small-diameter flywheel, and a single huge Holley four-barrel carburetor. Although the factory advertised L88 rating was 430 bhp at 4600 rpm, the true rating was said to be about 560 bhp at 6400 rpm. The very high compression ratio required 103-octane racing fuel, which was available only at select service stations. Clearly this was not an engine for the casual motorist. When the L88 was ordered, Chevy made several individual options mandatory, including Positraction, the transistorized ignition, heavy-duty suspension, and power brakes, as well as RPO C48, which deleted the normal radio and heater to cut down on weight and discourage the car's use on the street. As costly as it was powerful - at an additional $1,500 over the base $4,240.75 price - the L88 engine and required options were sold to a mere 20 buyers that year. With potential buyers anticipating the car's overdue redesign, sales for the Stingray's final year totaled 22,940, down over 5,000 units from 1966 results. Meanwhile, Chevrolet readied its third-generation Corvette for the 1968 model year. Novelty Tin signs are great for adding a touch of fun or nostalgia and there are heaps of them available with everything from Classic Muscle cars to Hollywood legends. Not only something with shed, games room or kitchen value these vintage signs have flair and decoration potential and a sort of artistic beauty that adds charisma and character to the place they are displayed. BONUS! – Each CORVETTE 1968 STINGRAY 427 is supplied in a free clear plastic pocket ready for hanging on display in store. Measuring 12 x 15 ins (30 x 38cm) and made from durable and long lasting high quality tin. They can be hung inside or outside and each is pre-drilled so ready to hang and also look very nice framed. We sell for a great price and offer a wide variety so get yours today! For protection from factory to customer each is freighted with extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition

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