October 21, 2014 - December 01, 2015
The automobile has been fully integrated into our society for many decades, and thus finds itself used in narratives worldwide. We all share anecdotes where cars played an integral role in the event. Events that occurred early in our lives are often cemented permanently in our memories . . .
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Examples of vehicles currently located in the Vault include the spectacular one-of-one 1925/34 “Round Door” Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe, a Ferrari given to Henry Ford II by Enzo Ferrari, a rare . . .
Few vehicles evoke the spirit of Southern California motoring like hot rods. Though familiar to only a small number of enthusiasts before World War II, postwar magazines such as Hot Rod helped popularize them among teenagers, young adults, and returning servicemen. Eager to transform . . .
Motorcycles and motorized trikes have long been a part of the Los Angeles motoring landscape. The Otis Chandler Gallery at the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates these two- and three-wheeled engineering marvels by offering a look at some of the most unusual, desirable, and . . .
The Discovery Center offers hands-on, interactive displays through which children learn about the science and culture of the automobile. Older kids can experiment with the physical sciences of automotive technology while younger gear heads can race model cars and build their own toy . . .
Hot Wheels cars revolutionized boys’ toys in 1968 with an original line of super-fast customized cars built for speed, power, and performance, wrapped in attitude. Now more than 40 years later, Hot Wheels is a global lifestyle brand that represents the coolest cars imaginable in scales . . .
An adaptation of the Museum’s popular 2006 exhibition on the same subject, the exhibit Alternative Power: Lessons from the Past, Inspiration for the Future explores the history of automobile propulsion. Using the ubiquitous reciprocating internal combustion engine as a baseline for . . .
Cars and movies are among the most influential technologies of the twentieth century. Born in the same era, Hollywood and Detroit developed on parallel paths and rapidly achieved substantial economic and cultural power. Together, they revolutionized leisure time and came to symbolize . . .
The Streetscape exhibit features historical displays that chronicle the evolution of the automobile and car culture in the 20th century. The lifelike dioramas are designed based on real places and people that existed throughout Southern California. The Streetscape begins with a blacksmith . . .