Cars are the Stars at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles
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Cars are the Stars at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

Cars are the Stars at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

Last week I visited one of my favorite car places, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. They have a ton of great exhibits with some beautiful and very unique cars on display. I have plenty of photos to share, but I’m starting with a special exhibit featuring cars from TV and film because hey, we’re in Hollywood, after all.

We start with my personal favorite, one of the screen-used DeLoreans from Back to the Future. This one was on display at Universal Studios Hollywood for 25 years but fell into some disrepair. A group of dedicated fans got together and restored the car to its original screen look, with a replaced flux capacitor that previously went missing. This car was used in all three films.


Another 80s icon is the Ferrari 308 GTSi which appeared in 1982-1983 season of the television show Magnum P.I., starring Tom Selleck. Because Tom was 6′ 4″ tall, the seat rails were changed and the filler material in the driver’s seat cushion had to be removed. Most of the time the top was removed during shooting. The only thing missing from this car is the Hawaii license plate, “Robin 1.”

Next we head back to film with a reproduction Duesenberg SJ. It’s actually considered a Duesenberg II from 1984 but it appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In the book, Gatsby drives a 1922 Rolls-Royce. Luhrmann chose the Duesenberg because it looked the part and was much less expensive than the real thing. It’s interesting to note the car has a late model Ford V8 and transmission underneath. Reproduction or not, it’s a striking car both in the movie and in person.

Next up is the 1958 Plymouth Fury that appeared in the 1983 Steven King film, Christine. You may remember the car was possessed and caused a lot of problems for its owner. Well, this is one of two stunt cars used in the filming which actually ran. In reality, the production went through 24 Furys. This particular car was supposed to be crushed after the filming but was saved by its current owner, Martin Sanchez. Sanchez used some parts from the other cars to restore this one back to original condition. Today it’s ready for viewing at the Petersen.


If you are in Los Angeles and get an opportunity, I highly recommend visiting the Petersen. Even if you aren’t a big car person the history alone is worth the stop.

If you would like more information about visiting the Petersen you can visit their website here.

I know it’s not a car… but I just couldn’t resist sharing this photo of the bat cycle.


Photos Courtesy:  Phil’s Morning Drive

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