My Favorite Rides at the Petersen Automotive Museum

My Favorite Rides at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Some people are car people. Like Jave. Ask him what his dream car is and he won’t hesitate to tell you it’s a Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard in black or silver.

I’m not really a car person. I’ve been a loyal Honda girl since I got my first car when I was 19. Honda is one of the few brands I’ve actually been loyal to throughout the years because they get great mileage – which is important to any Angeleno – and because as long as you take care of them, they’re very durable.

Although I’m not really into cars, I have given a bit of thought to which car I’ll add to my Honda portfolio of one when the time comes.  If you were to ask me what my dream car is, I’d say it’s a Porsche Panamera S or an Audi RS7. I’d take either of these cars in white. And trust me, the only reason I know the model names is because I Google’d them. But for my daily driving – even when I become a millionaire – I’ll still roll my Honda. Nope, I don’t intend to blow my money on cars. Art, real estate and travel…absolutely!

Anyway, I digress.

Knowing that Jave is a car aficionado, and always on the lookout for something cool to do around L.A., I thought it’d be fun to spend an afternoon at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Miracle Mile in L.A.

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The museum is located at Fairfax & Wilshire which, according to the museum, is the third most traveled intersection in L.A.

The museum, which was founded in 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen (publisher of Hot Rod Magazine and Modern Bride among other titles) and his wife Margie, was originally located in L.A.’s Natural History Museum. Today, the museum sits in a former department store that’s windowless in order to protect the cars from ultraviolet radiation that results from direct sunlight. Last year, the building’s façade was renovated by the architectural firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox, for a cool $90 million.

Today, the museum houses an ever-evolving collection, and there’s even a vault with hundreds of other cars. A tour of the vault costs extra, so we skipped it. Even if you’re not really into cars, there are just so many shiny, classic cars on display at Petersen’s that I dare you to get bored there. Plus, exhibits and vehicles on display are changed regularly.

During our visit, I took an ungodly number of pictures, but I won’t share all of them in this post – only snapshots of my favorite rides on display at the museum. Enjoy!

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This 1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe cost $8,000 when it was new and is worth $85,600 today. It was built after WWII by Cisitalia, an Italian firm that specialized in sports cars using Fiat mechanical parts.
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This 1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible is super long. I’m not sure how people used to parallel park these things! It cost $2,300 new and is worth $20,200 today.
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There’s a section of the museum dedicated to cars used in various films. This is a 1984 Duesenberg II SJ – a modern reproduction of the model that dates back to the early 1930s, and it’s only one of 100 built. It cost $150,000 new and is worth $345,000 today. It was featured in the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby, starring Leo DiCaprio. This car is incredible.
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I love everything about this 1955 Chevy Biscayne SO 2249 concept car…especially the color. This is my absolute favorite car on display.

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I think this display of scooters is cute
I think this display of scooters is cute
The Precious Metal exhibit highlights silver cars...
The Precious Metal exhibit highlights silver cars…
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Gangsta. That’s how I’d describe this 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck. In 1932, Horch merged with DKW, Wanderer and Audi to form the Auto Union conglomerate which is symbolized by the four rings found on the present-day Audi.

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I think this 1953 Hansen “Cobra” is so cute. I’d love to take a trip up the California coast in this car wearing a headscarf and big shades.
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I included this car, not because I really like it, but because it’s an early electric car. This is a 1915 Detroit Electric Model 61 Brougham. It took the Anderson Electric Car Co. 33 years to make it from 1906 to 1939. Two hand levers control the car which lacks a conventional internal combustion motor, gearbox or chain drive.
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I really appreciate this display showing the deconstruction of the 2016 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 V6. I’d consider adding a Maserati to my dream car list.

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I like the sleek look of this Formula One Touring 1948 Talbot-Lago…and its shades of blue.
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I forgot to take a good picture of the placard for this car, but I think it’s a Porsche. In black and cream, it’s so, so fresh and so, so clean! Love it!

*Visit the Petersen Automotive Museum’s website for more details and to plan your visit.

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Are you a car person? If so, does the Petersen Automotive Museum look like it’s worth a visit? What’s your dream car? Please share in the comments.

  • Love this! It’s a long time since l visited the museum. I used to work quite close to there. All these are great. I love the last car most and the display of scooters too. Okay..what in the heck is that striped building thing to the left? That’s new since the last time l was there..

    • That’s the museum! Crazy – right? I was like, I’ve never seen this before. But they redesigned the facade last year. Lol! 😉

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