Petersen Automotive Museum Is Showcasing Its Rarest Cars In Special Exhibit

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Classic car aficionados will nerd out at these amazing cars.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is opening a new exhibit on the second floor of the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery in Los Angeles, California. And if you like rare vintage cars, you'll love the ones on display here.

Known collectively as the "Splendor and Speed: Treasures of the Petersen Collection," it displays the rarest and arguably the most historically significant cars from the mid-20th century. Besides the rides, also available for viewing are 30 minutes of rare car-related footage, and nearly one hundred mid-20th-century design models and automotive concept art pieces.

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For the vintage automobiles, included is the 1939 "Shah" Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet built by the French coachbuilder Vanvooren. This is special because while a Bugatti Type 57C "Atalante" was auctioned off in 2015 for the price of 10 Veyrons, this customized one can be deemed priceless as it was once owned by the last Shah of Iran.

Another piece of automotive history on display is the 1956 Jaguar XKSS previously owned by Steve McQueen. As a renowned actor, he starred in notable films like Bullitt and The Great Escape. He was also an avid racer who went by "Harvey Mushman." The guy's so iconic that Ford named a Mustang special edition variant after him.

The display also highlights the ultra-rare 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III. This is the forefather of the current Ford GT, and it is the road-legal version of the Blue Oval's Ferrari-beating and Le Man's winning 427 GT40X. Note that the one on display is one of only seven built.

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Other cars that one can gawk at from this collection include the 1938 Delahaye 135 by Figoni et Falaschi, the 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter Barchetta by Carrozzeria Touring, and the 1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pininfarina.

If you're one of the folks who don't know about the Petersen Automotive Museum, you sure are missing out. In 2022, it displayed a private Porsche collection owned by Magnus Walker. There was also that time back in 2022 when the museum showed off famous Hollywood cars including the Batmobile, Doc's time-traveling DMC Delorean, and the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor "Ecto-1," among others.

Like most of the museum's exhibits, its latest one is not permanent. It will close shop on June 2, 2024, so would-be visitors will still have time to plan their trips. Also, one can secure tickets from the official Petersen website. Teachers and educators can get free admission while a slight discount is offered when booking as a large group.

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