What Were They Thinking?, the newest in a series of Petersen Automotive Museum special exhibitions, describes how innovators throughout automotive history have sought to overcome automobile design and engineering challenges with the application of “out of the box” thinking. Though a large number of poorly conceived or badly timed innovations were necessarily abandoned at the design phase, a large number have been developed into full-size, operational vehicles. On view will be examples of such vehicles (both popular and obscure) from throughout automotive history whose designs embodied innovations, styling themes, and other characteristics that were ultimately revealed to be of questionable value or limited appeal. Whether mass produced or prototype, they serve to illustrate that while certain cars are important because of what they are, an equally large number are important because of what they are not.
What Were They Thinking? The Misfits of Motordom
February 1, 2009 - September 1, 2009
- Town Cars: Arriving in Style
- Art Wall: License Plates: Unlocking the Code
- Pickups: The Art of Utility
Media Request Form
If you are a member of the media and would like to schedule a visit, request photos or other information, or would like to receive media releases, please send us an email with your request.