Museums – Petersen Museum Los Angeles

 

Classic car guide for all car enthusiasts traveling to United States.

Through our journey with car we have spent years traveling around United States looking for good deals on classic cars. Through that time we met a lot of interesting people, have seen many nice cars and bough some of them ourselves or for our customers. Today we want to share other side of the story that you may or may not have paid attention to. While traveling to different states we tried to utilize our free time as effectively as possible having a little fun as well. We traveled to may cool car shows, many car museums and classic car showrooms. We have created a map of all those places, so if you decide to visit US and one of them will be on your travel route, please find it below and see if it’s worth it.
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Petersen Museum

It’s hard not to notice the Petersen Museum when driving by.

Photo by David Zaitz.
Photo by David Zaitz.

This strangely looking building hides a lot of interesting cars inside. Many of them are displayed to the public, but it’s worth mentioning that there is much more cars parked in underground parking. The cool thing about Petersen Museum is that they change the exhibition once a while, so there is always a reason to go there one more time.

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I will try to describe shortly couple cars that I had the opportunity to see when visiting the museum. I will start with a car that was first to catch my attention. It’s the famous Steve’s McQueen favorite car 1956 Jaguar XKSS. Original color of the car was white, but Steve decided to change it to British racing green. With 250 HP, the car was able to reach the top speed of 149 MPH.

 

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Now let’s go to more publicly known cars. I’m sure everybody have seen this one before:

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We will go to the car in the back in a little bit .

Yes, this is one of the three 1981 Delorean DMC-12 built for Back to the Future movie. Actually it’s the first one! Top speed of this car 130 MPH, but Marty McFly obviously drove it much faster when leaving the tire marks on fire!

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This 1963 Volkswagen Beetle was driven by Lindsay Lohan in movie Herbie. This bug was heavily modified for the racing scenes. It received an upgraded suspension, roll cage, disc brakes and racing Goodyear slicks. It is generating 200HP and it’s top speed is 138 MPH.

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One more movie car and we will go to classics.

This one is relatively new, but made out of a 1970 Charger R/T. The car was driven in Fast & Furious 7 by Dominic Toretto. There is not much left from the original car. The body was put on an off-road Pro 2 truck chassis. The horsepower of this car is 500 HP and top speed 145MHP.

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There were many more movie cars in the museum, but won’t show them all, just a couple to give you the taste.

One of the true classic cars that stopped us quite some time was the 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III. It was a road version of the race car GT40. The car is powered with the 289ci V8 generating 306 HP and reaching 165MPH. It was placed in front of a 2017 GT40 that obviously is not on the market yet.

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Another interesting part of the museum is the Dearm Cars.

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The “Design” section walked us though all the steps of the car design and had a couple nice models.

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Hot Rods Room!

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Room with silver cars only.

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1953 FIAT 8V Supersonic by Ghia.
FIAT was powered  with a 2 liter aluminum V8. The car had to be named 8V, because Fiat wrongly believed that V-8 phrase was owned by Ford. “Supersonic” name because very popular and was later used by Jaguar and Aston Martin.

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And couple other cars.
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