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Petersen Museum -- "Driven to Collect" exhibit on Petersen Collection, August 2010

Car enthusiasts visiting Los Angeles should make it a point to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum each time they're in town. There is so much to see, with exhibits and individual cars coming and going. This gallery is the second of five on my 2010 visits. It features the exhibition "Margie and Robert E. Petersen: Driven to Collect," on display June 19, 2010, through Feb. 13, 2011.

Shown are some of the historically colorful cars from the impressive Petersen Collection, which is distinct from the museum's collection. For more information about the exhibit, click on this link: http://www.petersen.org .

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1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, originally owned by actress Rita Hayworth
1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, originally owned by actress Rita Hayworth
1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, given as a gift to Rita Hayworth by the world's richest man at the time, Prince Ali Khan
1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, given as a gift to Rita Hayworth by the world's richest man at the time, Prince Ali Khan
Robert E. and Margie Petersen standing behind the Round Door Rolls-Royce as it was being restored
Robert E. and Margie Petersen standing behind the "Round Door Rolls-Royce" as it was being restored
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, given to Henry Ford II as a gift by Enzo Ferrari, with larger 225 engine
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, given to Henry Ford II as a gift by Enzo Ferrari, with larger 225 engine
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, last Ferrari Barchetta built, driven less than 13,000 miles since new
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, last Ferrari Barchetta built, driven less than 13,000 miles since new
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, the last non-racing Ferrari with body by Touring
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, the last non-racing Ferrari with body by Touring
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, never been restored; retains original paint, engine and upholstery
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta by Touring Superleggera, never been restored; retains original paint, engine and upholstery
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta, believed to have inspired some features of the 1955 Thunderbird, such as the egg-crate grille
1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta, believed to have inspired some features of the 1955 Thunderbird, such as the egg-crate grille
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull Wing Coupe, in production from 1954 through 1957, then replaced by the roadster version
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gull Wing" Coupe, in production from 1954 through 1957, then replaced by the roadster version
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull Wing Coupe, has tube frame for strength and rigidity, originally designed for road racing
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gull Wing" Coupe, has tube frame for strength and rigidity, originally designed for road racing
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull Wing Coupe, world's first production car with fuel-injection
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gull Wing" Coupe, world's first production car with fuel-injection
1971 De Tomaso Pantera, formerly owned by Elvis Presley, who bought it used in 1974 for then-girlfriend actress Linda Thompson
1971 De Tomaso Pantera, formerly owned by Elvis Presley, who bought it "used" in 1974 for then-girlfriend actress Linda Thompson
1971 De Tomaso Pantera, shot with a gun twice by Elvis Presley because it would not start; the bullet holes remain
1971 De Tomaso Pantera, shot with a gun twice by Elvis Presley because it would not start; the bullet holes remain
1967 Toyota 2000 GT, Toyota's first attempt to make a sports car that could rival automobiles from Porsche and Lamborghini
1967 Toyota 2000 GT, Toyota's first attempt to make a sports car that could rival automobiles from Porsche and Lamborghini
1967 Toyota 2000 GT, introduced in 1965; only 337 2000 GTs were built, of which 54 were purchased in the U.S.
1967 Toyota 2000 GT, introduced in 1965; only 337 2000 GTs were built, of which 54 were purchased in the U.S.
1967 Toyota 2000 GT, bought new from Sheridan Toyota in Santa Monica
1967 Toyota 2000 GT, bought new from Sheridan Toyota in Santa Monica
1970 Barris-Campbell V8 Roadster, powered by a Ford V8; can-shaped car has two tanks, one for fuel, the other for V8 juice
1970 Barris-Campbell "V8" Roadster, powered by a Ford V8; can-shaped car has two tanks, one for fuel, the other for V8 juice
1970 Barris-Campbell V8 Roadster, created by George Barris for Campbell to promote firm's V8 cocktail vegetable juice
1970 Barris-Campbell "V8" Roadster, created by George Barris for Campbell to promote firm's V8 cocktail vegetable juice
1969 Barber Shop Car by Joe Bailon, creator of the paint color candy apple red
1969 Barber Shop Car by Joe Bailon, creator of the paint color "candy apple red"
1959 Scimitar Retractable Hardtop, based on Chrysler chassis, designed by Brook Stevens for Olin to promote use of aluminum
1959 Scimitar Retractable Hardtop, based on Chrysler chassis, designed by Brook Stevens for Olin to promote use of aluminum
1948 Tucker, serial no. 30, Preston Tucker's personal car; one of 50 production cars built
1948 Tucker, serial no. 30, Preston Tucker's personal car; one of 50 production cars built
1948 Tucker, with advanced features, such as seat belts, rear-mounted engine, central headlight that turned with front wheels
1948 Tucker, with "advanced" features, such as seat belts, rear-mounted engine, central headlight that turned with front wheels
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe with 1934 body by Jonckheere -- the exotic Round Door Rolls-Royce
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe with 1934 body by Jonckheere -- the exotic "Round Door" Rolls-Royce
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe by Jonckheere, delivered new to first owner in 1925 with a Hooper cabriolet body
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe by Jonckheere, delivered new to first owner in 1925 with a Hooper cabriolet body
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe ... around 1934 sent by later owner to Jonckheere for an aerodynamic body
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe ... around 1934 sent by later owner to Jonckheere for an aerodynamic body
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe by Jonckheere came into the possession of the Petersen Automotive Museum in 2001
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe by Jonckheere "came into the possession of the Petersen Automotive Museum" in 2001
1929 Ruxton Model C Roadster, one of four known survivors, first front-wheel-drive car series-produced in U.S.
1929 Ruxton Model C Roadster, one of four known survivors, first front-wheel-drive car series-produced in U.S.
1939 Bugatti Type 57C by Vanvooren, first owned by Prince of Persia & future Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi; restored 1983
1939 Bugatti Type 57C by Vanvooren, first owned by Prince of Persia & future Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi; restored 1983
1939 Bugatti Type 57C, French government's wedding gift to Prince of Persia; sold in 1959 out of shah's garage for $275
1939 Bugatti Type 57C, French government's wedding gift to Prince of Persia; sold in 1959 out of shah's garage for $275
1933 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe by Murphy, powered by a 400 hp supercharged engine
1933 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe by Murphy, powered by a 400 hp supercharged engine
1933 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe, with body by Walter M. Murphy Coachbuilders of Pasadena
1933 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe, with body by Walter M. Murphy Coachbuilders of Pasadena