Out and About in LA: The Petersen Automotive Museum

You know what? I’m not a car person. Which is a weird thing for me to say because my dad works in the car industry. Maybe there is no correlation with that information but as a twenty-something male you’d think I would be into automobiles more. That isn’t to say that I don’t find some cars pretty too look at or can’t see the value in them. Which is why I decided to go to the Petersen Automotive Museum on the Miracle Mile this week. Honestly if you are not a huge fan of cars or appreciate the craft of how vehicles are made this is not the museum for you. But in general this is a very interesting building to walk into and see a great sampling of what makes cars so darn cool to look at.

Below are some of the cars I found to pretty interesting inside the building. (NOTE: The museum has it’s own “Vault” in where it showcases even more vehicles than what you get with general admission. I did not go for that in this visit cause I just wanted to see the museum and not any sort of ‘extra’ rooms. But you can’t take photos in there anyways so it wouldn’t have mattered for the purpose of this post)


The Ground Floor
  1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I
2003 Dodge Tomahawk

1917 Harley Davidson Model J


2015 McClaren P1


The Third Floor  1956 Jaguar XKSS (Steve McQueen’s Favorite Car)
1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen

1992 Aluma Coupe
1947 Salbury Model 85

1948 Davis Divan
1915 Ford Model T

1904-05 FN Four Cylinder
1988 Yamaha V-Max Camera Bike (Used for filming car chases)

1979 Volkswagen Type 2 Transport (From Little Miss Sunshine)
1963 Volkswagen Beetle (Herbie!)

1989 Batmobile (From Tim Burton’s Batman)
1963 Yamaha YDS-3 Batcycle (From Adam West’s Batman)


The 2nd Floor1970 McLaren M8D


My Future Car with option bucket steering wheel

2017 Ford GT
Various race cars


The 1st Floor1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante

1938 Delahaye Type 135M Competition Roadster
1938 Delahaye Type 135M

1953 Delahaye Type 178
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL (An Art Piece from artist Alexander Calder)

So that’s all for this article except for one thing. Time for some obscure toys from hit TV shows and Movies! Who doesn’t want a toy Taxi from the show Taxi or Christine from the movie Christine?  


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