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Exploring the Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum has over 100 hundred vehicles on display in its many galleries. The other half of the vehicles are stored in the “vault” in the basement, accessible for an extra charge. This place should be on everybody’s “Bucket List”!

During a vacation in Los Angeles, CA, Cool Rides Champ, Curt Kimmel, had the opportunity to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum—one of the largest automotive museums in the world. Magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie founded the museum almost 17 years ago. This has been one of the places that Curt has dreamed about visiting.

By David Zaitz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
from David Zaitz via Wikimedia Commons
Curt and his family started on the third floor, where the history of automobiles is emphasized with collections of the auto culture of Southern California. On this floor were the “Batmobile” and “Bat-Cycle” used on TV and in the movies, The T-Bird from “Thelma and Louise”, the “Back to the Future” DeLorean, and the Ferrari 308 GTSI from “Magnum, P.I.”, “Herbie, the Love Bug”, and “Christine” were also on display. To demonstrate the Southern California influence, customs by Boyd Coddington, Barris Kustoms, and Chip Foose were also on hand.

On the second floor, industrial engineering is the theme. You will find performance, design, and interactive teaching exhibits presented. Curt viewed hot rods, customs, motorcycles, and racing cars here. Bugatti had a large display on how their cars were designed. There is even an area for kids to play on a track with foam vehicles and make drawings from Disney’s “Cars”. Every kid’s dream was answered by getting a photo with “Lightning McQueen” from “Cars”.

The first floor displayed the artistry of the automobile showcasing a collection of extravagant cars such as Duesenbergs, old Fords, Chevrolets, Dodges, Plymouths, Concours D’Elegence, Renaults, Exotics, and more.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is a Must-See for all Car Enthusiasts. There is something for everyone. Curt enjoyed seeing the different cars from Hollywood and Television and One-of-One vehicles that inspired future models.


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