“What makes a car worth a million dollars?” is one of the questions most frequently asked by museum visitors. The Petersen Automotive Museum has shied away from answering this question…until now. On June 14, 2002, we open an exhibition to celebrate cars whose blend of style, performance, craftsmanship, and rarity that make them the most sought after—and valuable—automobiles in the world. We examine vehicles from the first decades of the twentieth century to the present, discuss market trends, and explain why collectors are willing to pay a million or more dollars for certain exceptional vehicles. This ground-breaking exhibit will feature Bugattis, Ferraris, Duesenbergs, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, and many other cars that most people have never before seen—except in their dreams. It may even help visitors predict what cars being built today will be worth a million dollars tomorrow.
Million Dollar Cars
June 1, 2002 - January 1, 2003
- Pickups: The Art of Utility
- Town Cars: Arriving in Style
- Art Wall: License Plates: Unlocking the Code
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