Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles Photos

The Petersen Automotive Museum not only has a large collection, where each car is distinguished by rarity, history, value or connection to Hollywood film or movie stars, but the museum has created movie-like sets which capture the context in which cars of each era would be observed. Such scenes include early auto showrooms, first California drive-ins and strip malls, and even a typical California family garage. Neon artwork also adds flash to the Petersen. The Petersen sits across Wilshire Blvd. from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Pillars on facade of Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Racing cars mounted on exterior wall of Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Blacksmith's shop with Carl Breer's steam car made in LA at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd.). Los Angeles, CA.Pillars on facade of Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Racing cars mounted on exterior wall of Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Blacksmith's shop with Carl Breer's steam car (1901) made in LA at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Cadillac Model A runabout & motorized wagon at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.American Motor Car underslung Model 50 Traveler from Indianapolis at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chevrolet series 490 Coupe at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford Model T as depicted Laurel & Hardy's film Hog Wild in 1930 at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Cadillac Model A runabout (1903) & motorized wagon (c1900) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.American Motor Car underslung Model 50 Traveler (1906-14) from Indianapolis at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chevrolet series 490 Coupe (1922) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford Model T (1922) as depicted Laurel & Hardy's film Hog Wild in 1930 at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Mack Bulldog Model AC truck at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford Model 1.5-ton panel truck formerly used by Steve McQueen at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford Model 1.5-ton panel truck used for educational transport at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Early gas station display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Mack Bulldog Model AC truck (1919) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford Model 1.5-ton panel truck (1934) formerly used by Steve McQueen at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford Model 1.5-ton panel truck (1934) used for educational transport at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Early gas station display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
White tanker truck at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Collection of early gas pumps at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Early Crown gas pumps at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of fanciful dog-shaped snack shack at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
White tanker truck (1921) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Collection of early gas pumps at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Early Crown gas pumps at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of fanciful dog-shaped snack shack at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Billboard with highway patrolman hiding behind it at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Harley-Davidson motorcycle with highway patrolman display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Franklin Model 10c Sedan with air-cooled engine from Syracuse at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of early California Ford auto sales room at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Billboard with highway patrolman hiding behind it at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Harley-Davidson (1932) motorcycle with highway patrolman display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Franklin Model 10c Sedan (1924) with air-cooled engine from Syracuse at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of early California Ford auto sales room at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Twin Coach Helms Bakery delivery truck at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Nash 482R coupe at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of early strip mall with 1939 Packard at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Packard Super Eight Phaeton used by Juan & Evita Peron of Argentina at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Twin Coach Helms Bakery delivery truck (1931) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Nash 482R coupe (1930) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of early strip mall with 1939 Packard at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Packard Super Eight Phaeton (1939) used by Juan & Evita Peron of Argentina at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Replica of grocery store in early California strip mall scene at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Pontiac station wagon parked at strip mall display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Speed shop display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Cadillac series 62 convertible at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Replica of grocery store in early California strip mall scene at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Pontiac station wagon (1939) parked at strip mall display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Speed shop display at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Cadillac series 62 convertible (1959) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
California garage display with Studebaker & Triumph at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Treasures of the Vault room with highlights of Petersen Automotive Museum collection. Los Angeles, CA.Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe with round door at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Grill of Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
California garage display with Studebaker (1963) & Triumph (1958) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Treasures of the Vault room with highlights of Petersen Automotive Museum collection. Los Angeles, CA.Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe (1925/34) with round door at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Grill of Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe (1925/34) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Round door & rear wheel covers of Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Lincoln limousine used by Presidents F.D. Roosevelt & Harry S. Truman at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Front-end of Lincoln limousine used by Presidents F.D. Roosevelt & Harry S. Truman at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Round door & rear wheel covers of Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe (1925/34) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Lincoln limousine (1942) used by Presidents F.D. Roosevelt & Harry S. Truman at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Front-end of Lincoln limousine (1942) used by Presidents F.D. Roosevelt & Harry S. Truman at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton (1952) used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Open seats of Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Rear deck of Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chaika Parade Convertible used by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chaika Parade Convertible used by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Open seats of Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton (1952) used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Rear deck of Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton (1952) used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chaika Parade Convertible (1962) used by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Chaika Parade Convertible (1962) used by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Tucker , personal car of Preston Tucker, at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Davis 3-wheel Divan at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Plymouth Explorer by Ghia at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Chapron at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Tucker (1948), personal car of Preston Tucker, at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Davis 3-wheel Divan (1948) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Plymouth Explorer by Ghia (1954) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Chapron (1961) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Chapron at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford GT40 Mark III at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Front hood of Ford GT40 Mark III at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Bugatti Veyron 16.4 at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Chapron (1961) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Ford GT40 Mark III (1967) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Front hood of Ford GT40 Mark III (1967) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Bugatti Veyron 16.4 (2006) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Bugatti EB110 at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Neon artwork over DeLorean DMC12 & Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.DeLorean DMC12 with 24k gold-plating at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Bugatti EB110 (1993) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Neon artwork over DeLorean DMC12 & Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.DeLorean DMC12 (1981) with 24k gold-plating at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR (2005) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Entrance to Hollywood Star Cars wing at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mach 5 prototype for Speed Racer film & cartoons at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Delahaye type 178 Drophead Coupe once owned by Elton John at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Cadillac series 62 Coupe by Ghia first owned by Rita Hayworth at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Entrance to Hollywood Star Cars wing at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mach 5 prototype (1999) for Speed Racer film & cartoons at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Delahaye type 178 Drophead Coupe (1949) once owned by Elton John at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Cadillac series 62 Coupe by Ghia (1953) first owned by Rita Hayworth at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Volkswagen Beetle star of Herbie the Love Bug at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Hannibal 8 used in The Great Race film at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of 1937 Mercedes Benz used in Raiders of the Lost Ark as modified from Jaguar at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Jaguar XKR driven in Bond film Die Another Day at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Volkswagen Beetle (1963) star of Herbie the Love Bug at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Hannibal 8 (1965) used in The Great Race film at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Replica of 1937 Mercedes Benz used in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) as modified from Jaguar at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Jaguar XKR (2002) driven in Bond film Die Another Day at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Detomaso Pantera owned by Elvis Presley at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Indian motorcycle used by Steve McQueen at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Motorcycle gallery at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Travel trailer built for aviator Charles Lindbergh at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Detomaso Pantera (1971) owned by Elvis Presley at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Indian motorcycle (1912) used by Steve McQueen at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Motorcycle gallery at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Travel trailer (1939) built for aviator Charles Lindbergh at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Airstream Clipper trailer at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Custom hot rod gallery at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mockup of Studebaker-Packard Astral atomic-powered hover car at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Escalator between galleries at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Airstream Clipper trailer (1936) at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Custom hot rod gallery at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mockup of Studebaker-Packard Astral (1957) atomic-powered hover car at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Escalator between galleries at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Mockups of cars as drawn by children at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mockups of cars as drawn by children at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.

Mockups of cars as drawn by children at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Mockups of cars as drawn by children at Petersen Automotive Museum. Los Angeles, CA.


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