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Petersen Automotive Museum -- "Fantasies in Fiberglass," August 2010

For me, a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum is an indispensable part of any trip to Los Angeles. There is always a lot to see, with exhibits changing and individual cars coming and going. This gallery is the fifth of five on my 2010 visits. It features "The Fantasies in Fiberglass" exhibit held from Feb. 28 through Oct. 3, 2010.

Shown here are cars on loan from various collectors, automobiles donated to the Petersen Museum, and cars from the impressive Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection, which is distinct from the museum's collection. For more information, visit the museum's Web site at http://www.petersen.org .

I shot the photos in this gallery with a handheld Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 18-200mm VR zoom. All are as-is, straight from the camera, with no post-processing -- except for three pictures whose captions have the initials BR, which mean that brightness adjustments were applied to them.

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1952 Maverick Sportster, from the collection of Frederick J. and Chris A. Roth
1952 Maverick Sportster, from the collection of Frederick J. and Chris A. Roth
1952 Maverick Sportster, one of seven that were among the largest fiberglass vehicles ever built
1952 Maverick Sportster, one of seven that were among the largest fiberglass vehicles ever built
1952 Maverick Sportster ... among the last production cars to incorporate a boat-tail design
1952 Maverick Sportster ... among the last production cars to incorporate a boat-tail design
1952 Maverick Sportster, only known survivor among seven built between 1952 and 1968
1952 Maverick Sportster, only known survivor among seven built between 1952 and 1968
1952 Maverick Sportster, with Cadillac chassis, 1941 Cadillac bumpers, 1949 Lincoln headlight bezels, two 1940 La Salle grilles
1952 Maverick Sportster, with Cadillac chassis, 1941 Cadillac bumpers, 1949 Lincoln headlight bezels, two 1940 La Salle grilles
1952 Maverick Sportster, with 331 cid V8 and 210-lb. body; from the collection of Frederick J. and Chris A. Roth
1952 Maverick Sportster, with 331 cid V8 and 210-lb. body; from the collection of Frederick J. and Chris A. Roth
Aluminum bodied 1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina, from Petersen Collection, with cheaper fiberglass copy in background
Aluminum bodied 1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina, from Petersen Collection, with cheaper fiberglass copy in background
1979 Pegaso prototype, modern take on Pegaso Z-102, a Spanish sports car produced from 1951-1958
1979 Pegaso prototype, modern take on Pegaso Z-102, a Spanish sports car produced from 1951-1958
1979 Pegaso prototype, a copy in fiberglass created by owner Raffi Minasian
1979 Pegaso prototype, a copy in fiberglass created by owner Raffi Minasian
1974 Dale prototype, one of three used by transvestite con artist to raise $2 million; from Petersen Museum Collection (BR)
1974 Dale prototype, one of three used by transvestite con artist to raise $2 million; from Petersen Museum Collection (BR)
Non-automotive fiberglass products made in 1950s; from Petersen Museum Collection
Non-automotive fiberglass products made in 1950s; from Petersen Museum Collection
1982 Honda Gold Wing, with touring accessories, such as a trunk and saddlebags, made of fiberglass; from private collection
1982 Honda Gold Wing, with touring accessories, such as a trunk and saddlebags, made of fiberglass; from private collection
1967 Ford Mustang MALCO Gasser, from museum collection. In 1960s, gassers were mass-produced cars modified for drag racing.
1967 Ford Mustang MALCO Gasser, from museum collection. In 1960s, "gassers" were mass-produced cars modified for drag racing.
1967 Ford Mustang MALCO Gasser ... A huge loophole in the rules allowed the use of fiberglass bodies, such as on this car.
1967 Ford Mustang MALCO Gasser ... A huge loophole in the rules "allowed" the use of fiberglass bodies, such as on this car.
1992 Dodge Viper, serial no. 00005, from Petersen Museum Collection, gift of Chrsyler Corp.
1992 Dodge Viper, serial no. 00005, from Petersen Museum Collection, gift of Chrsyler Corp.
1992 Dodge Viper ... body primarily fiberglass like Corvette's because low volume didn't justify costly tooling for metal body
1992 Dodge Viper ... body primarily fiberglass like Corvette's because low volume didn't justify costly tooling for metal body
1963 Studebaker Avanti, no. 136  of 4,643 built by Studebaker, from Petersen Museum Collection, gift of Ann and Wendell Hanks
1963 Studebaker Avanti, no. 136 of 4,643 built by Studebaker, from Petersen Museum Collection, gift of Ann and Wendell Hanks
1962 Meyer Manx, the world's first dune buggy, conceived and created by Bruce Meyer; from his collection
1962 Meyer Manx, the world's first dune buggy, conceived and created by Bruce Meyer; from his collection
1959 Outlaw by Ed Big Daddy Roth ... one of first hot rods not based on a production car; gift of Bruce S. Lustman to museum
1959 Outlaw by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth ... one of first hot rods not based on a production car; gift of Bruce S. Lustman to museum
1955 Mercury D-528 Concept Car Beltone ... Ford research vehicle that appeared in 1964 Jerry Lewis movie The Patsy
1955 Mercury D-528 Concept Car "Beltone" ... Ford research vehicle that appeared in 1964 Jerry Lewis movie "The Patsy"
1954 Sorrell-Manning SR-100 Special ... Master fabricator Bob Sorrell's personal car
1954 Sorrell-Manning SR-100 Special ... Master fabricator Bob Sorrell's personal car
1954 Sorrell-Manning SR-100 Special ... from the collection of Mark and Newie Brinker of Houston, Texas
1954 Sorrell-Manning SR-100 Special ... from the collection of Mark and Newie Brinker of Houston, Texas
1958 Devin SS, fiberglass copy of a Scagalietti-bodied roadster ... from the collection of Mark and Newie Brinker
1958 Devin SS, fiberglass copy of a Scagalietti-bodied roadster ... from the collection of Mark and Newie Brinker
1954 Bangert-Manning Special ... with Bangert body, purpose-built Manning chassis and Ford engine, from private collection
1954 Bangert-Manning Special ... with Bangert body, purpose-built Manning chassis and Ford engine, from private collection
1952 Woodill Wildfire, one of the first factory-made fiberglass cars, predating Corvette; Frederick and Chris Roth Collection
1952 Woodill Wildfire, one of the first factory-made fiberglass cars, predating Corvette; Frederick and Chris Roth Collection
1951 Skorpion ... based on Crosley running gear and sold complete or as a kit for home assembly; gift of John A. Wills to museum
1951 Skorpion ... based on Crosley running gear and sold complete or as a kit for home assembly; gift of John A. Wills to museum
1946 Stout Project Y prototype ... world's first fiberglass automobile; from collection of the Detroit Historical Museum
1946 Stout Project Y prototype ... world's first fiberglass automobile; from collection of the Detroit Historical Museum
1956 Volvo P-1900 ... first production P-1900 in U.S.; inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette; from collection of David R. Hunt
1956 Volvo P-1900 ... first production P-1900 in U.S.; inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette; from collection of David R. Hunt
1956 Volvo P-1900 ... early bodies such as this were made in California by designer Glasspar; less than 70 were built
1956 Volvo P-1900 ... early bodies such as this were made in California by designer Glasspar; less than 70 were built
1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident ... built in Los Angeles and called a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle; from Petersen Museum Collection
1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident ... built in Los Angeles and called a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle; from Petersen Museum Collection
1961 Covington Tiburon, designed by Henry Covington, with Porsche 356 chassis; from collection of Geoffrey Hacker and family
1961 Covington Tiburon, designed by Henry Covington, with Porsche 356 chassis; from collection of Geoffrey Hacker and family
1954 Kaiser-Darrin (BR) ... created to compete with Chevrolet Corvette, designed by Howard Dutch Darrin
1954 Kaiser-Darrin (BR) ... created to compete with Chevrolet Corvette, designed by Howard "Dutch" Darrin
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... powered by a 90 hp, 161 cid, 6-cylinder Willys engine; given to museum by Lloyd Randall Koenig
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... powered by a 90 hp, 161 cid, 6-cylinder Willys engine; given to museum by Lloyd Randall Koenig
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... with bucket seats, full intrumentaion and a top concealed by a panel when lowered
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... with bucket seats, full intrumentaion and a top concealed by a panel when lowered
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... Fiberglass construction made Darrin's flamboyant design a reality.
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... Fiberglass construction made Darrin's flamboyant design a reality.
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... Only 435 were built, in 1954, plus about 12 pre-production prototypes.
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... Only 435 were built, in 1954, plus about 12 pre-production prototypes.
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... with distinctive pocket doors that slide into front fenders
1954 Kaiser-Darrin ... with distinctive pocket doors that slide into front fenders
1955 Chevrolet Corvette (BR) ... The Corvette was the first American fiberglass car produced in large numbers.
1955 Chevrolet Corvette (BR) ... The Corvette was the first American fiberglass car produced in large numbers.
1955 Chevrolet Corvette, from collection of Frederick J. and Chris A. Roth ... The Corvette had poor sales in its early years.
1955 Chevrolet Corvette, from collection of Frederick J. and Chris A. Roth ... The Corvette had poor sales in its early years.
1955 Chevrolet Corvette ... based on 1953 EX-122 show car
1955 Chevrolet Corvette ... based on 1953 EX-122 show car