Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cool cars at the Petersen Auto Museum...

I'm not a huge car enthusiast, but I am a fan of great design and interesting visuals, so I hope you'll enjoy these classic and sometimes quirky autos on display at the Petersen Museum here in L.A.

1988 Mana La Solar Vehicle
1988 Mana La Solar vehicle
This futuristic looking vehicle is powered by electricity generated when light strikes the photovoltaic cells that cover most of the surface of its body.

This innovative, aerodynamic and ultra lightweight racer was constructed by Paul Mitchell Systems in Hawaii during 1987 and 1988 and could reach up to 85 miles per hour.

1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
Bob Bondurant's 1959 Chevrolet Corvette
This sleek Chevrolet Corvette was driven by Bob Bondurant, West Coast B-Production Championship winner and recipient of the Corvette 'Driver of the Year' Award in 1959.

Model 770 Amphicar
Amphicar Petersen Museum
Amphicar Petersen Auto Museum
This fun Amphicar built in Germany from 1961 to 1968 can be found in the Petersen Museum's 'What were they thinking?' exhibit. It was the only ever civilian amphibious car to ever reach series production and its top speed in the water was 7 miles per hour and on land 70 miles per hour, hence he '770' model numbering.

When new the Amphicar automobile sold for between $2,800 and $3,300, but none were sold in the U.S.A. after 1967 due to increasingly restrictive regulations and production was halted the next year.

1925 Ford 'Golden Star' Roadster
Golden Star 1925 Ford Hot Rod
Golden Star 1925 Ford Roadster
This colourful hot rod was America's Most Beautiful Roadster Winner in both 1989 and 1991. The dazzling 'Golden Star' was constructed by builders Ermie Immerso and Don Thelan from parts of two Model T Fords and all gold-plating is 24 karat.

Speed Racer Mach 5
Speed Racer Mach 5Mach 5 Speed Racer
Find out more about Speed Racer's Mach 5 car and other vehicles featured in movies at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

1923 Ford 'Candy Root Beer' Roadster
1923 Ford Candy Root Beer Hot Rod
candy Root Beer 1923 Ford Hot Rod
With a colourful name to match its striking design, this Model T Hot Rod claimed the coveted America's Most Beautiful Roadster title in 1971 and 1975. Plus a year later it competed in 29 other major events across the U.S.A. and took the top prize in all but one.

1992 Aluma Coupe
Boyd Coddington's 1992 Aluma Coupe
1992 Aluma Coupe
Aluma Coupe 1992
This sleek, eye-catching Aluma Coupe by Boyd Coddington combines the appearance of a 1950's custom design with modern engineering, comfort and safety features.

1959 Outlaw
Ed Roth's 1959 Outlaw
1959 Outlaw hot rod
The fun and quirky 'Outlaw' by Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth was one of the first custom hot rods not to be based on a production car. Its one-of-a-kind body was specially molded in fiberglass which concealed a 1949 Cadillac engine.

The Outlaw was built in part to help promote Roth's expanding T-shirt business, but its originality helped to propel Roth to the forefront of the 'mod rod' movement.

1981 De Lorean
1981 De Lorean car
The De Lorean car may have been immortalised on screen in the Back to the Future movies, but this 24 karat gold-plated version was created in 1981 for an American Express promotion.

1952 Maverick Sportster
1952 Maverick Sportster
This vision in green was built by former aeronautical engineer Sterling Gladwin and was his own personal car. Amazingly only seven complete and drivable Maverick Sportsters were built between 1952 and 1968, and were among the largest fiberglass vehicles ever constructed.

1932 Ford 'Hi-Boy'
1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster
You can tell from its checkered flag motif that this car is built for speed. This Hi-Boy began life as a 1932 Ford Roaster and was originally modified in the 1970's, but recently re-costumised by the So-Cal Speed Shop.

You can also see more vintage cars from my previous visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum here at Jason in Hollywood.

If you're stuck for something to do in L.A. during the rainy season I'd recommend taking a look around the museum, there's only a $10 entry fee and their latest exhibition 'Fantasies in Fiberglass' started on 27th February and runs until 3rd October 2010.

There are worse ways to spend an hour or two (and remember to take your camera)...


chris said...

Thanks for the review!

Jason in Hollywood said...

my pleasure :-)

Erwin Calverley said...

I thought I’d seen everything with the 1925 Roadster, but then the Speed Racer Mach 5 popped up, and I nearly lost my mind! I was such a huge fan of that show back when I was a kid! I thought the surprises had stopped there, but I wasn’t expecting the DeLorean from Back To The Future to be there too! Whoa! I want to check these cars out in person!

-- Erwin Calverley

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