The Peterson Automotive Museum: These Autos are Truly Works of Art


Story and Photos by Jay Raskin


My wife and I recently had the opportunity to visit our daughter in Los Angeles, and while there, they were kind enough to accompany me on one of my favorites activities, a visit to the Peterson Automotive Museum. This beautiful and expansive museum was recently refurbished and allowed for plenty of space to display a large collection of beautiful antique automobiles. Among the many highlights were a one-off 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I, a 1967 Ford GT40 Mark 3, a 1914 Galt Gas-Electric Hybrid, a 1915 Detroit Electric, a 1939 Fiat 508C Balila that ran on compressed natural gas, and the one lone Cadillac entry, a customized ’48.


The magnificent styling of many of the cars on display justified their belonging in what was rightfully termed a museum. Among the collections was an exhibit called Rolling Sculpture, which featured a number of beautifully styled cars from the 1920s and 30s. There were an abundant amount of Delahayes and Bugati’s to behold in this exhibit.


Another exhibit was called Precious Metal, and featured cars that were painted silver. There was also a collection of movie cars including the DeLorean from Back to the Future, some Bond cars, a Batmobile from one of the more recent Batman movies, as well as a Robin sidecar from the 1960’s television series. There was also a 1956 Jaguar XKSS, that was once wned by Steve McQueen. If a picture is worth 1,000 words I’ll allow the photos that I took to account for the rest of this article. I highly recommend a visit to the Petersen Museum if you are ever in Los Angeles.


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