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2012.12.23 Petersen Automotive Museum


Today is birthday # 51 for me, and TFS takes me to the Petersen Automotive Museum downtown on Wilshire Boulevard .

The Petersen opens with a Los Angeles-centric view of the automobile, with cars set in period dioramas telling the story of the evolution of the automobile in LA transportation history.

Olden days: rutted dirt roads

horse carriages with motors


Helms Bakeries delivery van

1932 Nash 482R Coupe Twin Ignition Six




Pep Boys auto parts store marquee

1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton

1936 Plymouth P-2 Two door Sedan


1935 Ford Phaeton

1932 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Murphy

1931 Model J Convertible Sedan by Le Baron

1935 Model JN Berline by Rollston
- owned by Bill 'Bohangles' Robinson

1929 Duesenberg Model J Engine



1952 Cadillac

Series 62 Convertible

1954 Kaiser Darrin


The Emergence of an Italian Style

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C2300 Coupe

1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 Disco Volante

1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe

1954 Fiat 8V Coupe

1954 Plymouth Explorer

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Italia

1953 Dodge Storm Z-250

1953 Nash-Healey

1967 Ghia 450SS

1971 Maserati Quattroporte

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Racers, Hot Rods and Bikes



1963 XR-6



Aerodynamics From Art & Science

1955 Ghia Streamline X "Gilda"

1928 Martin Aerodynamic

1938 Delahaye Type 135M Competition Roadster

1937 Airomobile

1938 Mercedes-Benz 170H

1948 Fiat 1100S

1940 BMW 328 MM Kamm Coupe (replica)

1957 Moto Guzzi V-8

1992 Oldsmobile Aerotech

1979 Ford Probe 1


2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
One of the first cars built in Los Angeles, by a 17-year-old boy who also designed its 1.5-hp electric motor.    

1897 Anthony


1978 Hybricon Centaur II gas-electric hybrid

1963 Chrysler Turbine

Movie and TV Vehicles

1988 Yamaha VMAX MotoCam Camera Bike and Rigging

1965 Hannibal 8, driven by Jack Lemmon in The Great Race (1965)

1989 Batmobile, driven by Michael Keaton in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992)

1966 Yamaha YDS-3 Batcycle, ridden by Adam West and Burt Ward in Batman (1966)

2002 Jaguar XKR, driven in Die Another Day (2002)

1966 Ford Thunderbird, driven by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991)

1923 Mercedes 28/95 Targa Florio


1916 Miller "Golden Submarine"

1927 Rolls-Royce Pantom 1 Town Car - owned by Fred Astaire
In the Parkade

1938 Reo Tractor and 1938 Curtiss Aerocar Fifth-Wheel Trailer

Art Arfons' "Green Monster" Jet Car
    The Petersen also has a "vault" of cars that are rarely shown. We had a chance to take that tour, but for $25 we weren't convinced it was worth it. A later story in the newspaper on the vault tour confirmed our decision - the cars there are mostly noteworthy because of who owned them and not what they were.

An excellent birthday treat!

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