Movie cars play starring role in new Petersen Museum exhibit

A former employee of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles once told me what was by far the most popular car in his collection. Do you want to guess? No, it’s not a rare Exotic like their Bugatti EB110 quad-turbo V12. Nor is it a classic like their 1947 Ferrari 125S, the very first car to bear Enzo’s surname, one of only two built. And it’s not their competition-winning 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I “Round Door”, a stunning one-of-a-kind carriage built in the Art Deco era. It’s the Batmobile.

It turns out that most visitors to Los Angeles’ Museum Row, a cluster of galleries along Wilshire Blvd’s Miracle Mile, are just casual car enthusiasts. Many aren’t car enthusiasts at all, just moviegoers who want to feel Tinseltown.

In that vein, Petersen’s new exhibit, which focuses on cars from sci-fi movies and fantasy titles, is sure to be a hit. The display not only features Tim Burton’s 1989 Batmobile”Batman“, but also other successful movie cars. The star returns to the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the future“, the 1959 Cadillac-based Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex known as the Ecto-1 from”Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” and a Lexus LC500 from “Black Panther.”

However, not all cars are originals, as many vehicles were far too valuable to be destroyed during filming (or even just used for filming). For example, in 2021″red notice“, a 1931 Mercedes Grosser 770 was discovered in a Nazi bunker and driven over a waterfall. Obviously the filmmakers used a replica. Likewise, a 1933 Auburn Speedster used in “Gatsby the magnificent” is also a fake, although quite convincing from the photos.

Detroit Iron fans will also likely enjoy the 1967 Chevy Impala sedan from the TV series “Supernatural“, the 1976 Ford Gran Torino of”Starsky and Hutch” and a rare 1948 Packard Station Sedan from “Lovecraft Country.”

Finally, there are creations developed specifically for the films in which they were featured. Examples include the IOI Transporter, a futuristic armored truck from “Loan player onein 2045. Going even further into the future, we find a Lexus Maglev 2054 car from “Minority report“Then there’s a trio of alternate timeline bikes – a unicycle and a custom chopper-style motorcycle, both from”Men in Black 3,” and a 2018 Skynet Moto-Terminator from “Terminator: Hi.”

But that’s not all. Until October 2022, the Petersen has a simultaneous exhibition devoted solely to vehicles from the James Bond films. So if you’re a movie buff who also loves cars, now would be a good time to pay the Petersen a visit.

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