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Petersen Automotive Museum -- Streetscape and Other Exhibits, August 2010

For me, any trip I make to Los Angeles would not be complete without a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum. There is always a lot to see, with exhibits changing and individual cars coming and going. This gallery is the fourth of five on my 2010 visits. It features parts of the L.A. Autotude Gallery, the permanent exhibits, the Streetscape Gallery, and interesting cars that are displayed without being part of a theme-driven exhibition.

Shown here are some cars on loan from various collectors, automobiles donated to the Petersen Museum, vehicles from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 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 seven pictures whose captions have the initials DC and ST, which mean that distortion correction or straightening adjustments have been applied to them.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection, L.A. Autotude Gallery
2005 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection, L.A. Autotude Gallery
2005 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, 5.4-liter supercharged V8, 626 hp, 1/4 mile in 11.6 secs., top speed 208 mph, MSRP $455,500
2005 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, 5.4-liter supercharged V8, 626 hp, 1/4 mile in 11.6 secs., top speed 208 mph, MSRP $455,500
2005 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection, L.A. Autotude Gallery
2005 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection, L.A. Autotude Gallery
1981 DeLorean DMC 12, 7.4 miles, original condition, displayed in the lobby of a Texas bank from 1981 until 2003
1981 DeLorean DMC 12, 7.4 miles, original condition, displayed in the lobby of a Texas bank from 1981 until 2003
1981 DeLorean DMC 12, given to Petersen Automotive Museum in 2003 by Roger B. Mize's daughters: Lynda Tolleson & Vicki Kallemeyn
1981 DeLorean DMC 12, given to Petersen Automotive Museum in 2003 by Roger B. Mize's daughters: Lynda Tolleson & Vicki Kallemeyn
1994 Bugatti EB110, one of 126 made before VW bought Bugatti name; 3.5-liter V12, 552 hp, 210 mph top speed
1994 Bugatti EB110, one of 126 made before VW bought Bugatti name; 3.5-liter V12, 552 hp, 210 mph top speed
1994 Bugatti EB110, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection, gift of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1994 Bugatti EB110, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection, gift of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
A car's exotic doors illustrate how departing from one's vehicle can be just as important as arriving at one's destination.
A car's exotic doors "illustrate how departing from one's vehicle can be just as important as arriving at one's destination."
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, 4-cylinder, 50 hp engine
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, 4-cylinder, 50 hp engine
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, chassis mounted below the axles to make the car lower
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, chassis mounted below the axles to make the car lower
Passenger on a 1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler
Passenger on a 1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler stuck in the mud
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler stuck in the mud
Passenger on a 1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, from collection of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Passenger on a 1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, from collection of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, manufactured 1906-1914 in Indianapolis by American Motor Car Co.
1911 American Underslung Model 50 Traveler, manufactured 1906-1914 in Indianapolis by American Motor Car Co.
1901 Breer with 2-cylinder 5 hp steam engine; made in Los Angeles; from collection of Natural History Museum of L.A. County
1901 Breer with 2-cylinder 5 hp steam engine; made in Los Angeles; from collection of Natural History Museum of L.A. County
1903 Cadillac Model A Runabout, 1-cylinder 10 hp engine, 30 mph top speed, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection
1903 Cadillac Model A Runabout, 1-cylinder 10 hp engine, 30 mph top speed, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection
1903 Cadillac Model A Runabout, 1-cylinder 10 hp engine, 30 mph top speed, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection
1903 Cadillac Model A Runabout, 1-cylinder 10 hp engine, 30 mph top speed, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection
1931 Twin Coach delivery truck of Helms Bakery of L.A.; modified version later made by DIVCO; Lynette Rawlings Collection (ST)
1931 Twin Coach delivery truck of Helms Bakery of L.A.; modified version later made by DIVCO; Lynette Rawlings Collection (ST)
1922 Chevrolet Series 490 Coupe; Petersen Automotive Museum Collection; gift of Riverside Chevrolet (ST)
1922 Chevrolet Series 490 Coupe; Petersen Automotive Museum Collection; gift of Riverside Chevrolet (ST)
1921 White tanker truck from the collection of ARCO
1921 White tanker truck from the collection of ARCO
1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan; at $795, Ford's costliest 1921 model; 180,000 made in 1921; Petersen Museum Collection (ST)
1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan; at $795, Ford's costliest 1921 model; 180,000 made in 1921; Petersen Museum Collection (ST)
1917 Detroit Electric Brougham Model 61 from Dean Bryant Collection (ST)
1917 Detroit Electric Brougham Model 61 from Dean Bryant Collection (ST)
1917 Detroit Electric; Detroit Electrics bought mainly by rich women who wanted a simple but elegant car for short trips (ST)
1917 Detroit Electric; Detroit Electrics bought mainly by rich women who wanted a simple but elegant car for short trips (ST)
1924 Franklin Model 10C Sedan from Petersen Museum Collection; gift of Linda King in memory of Bill King (ST)
1924 Franklin Model 10C Sedan from Petersen Museum Collection; gift of Linda King in memory of Bill King (ST)
1924 Franklin Model 10C Sedan ... The air-cooled Franklin engines were touted for not boiling over or freezing. (DC, ST)
1924 Franklin Model 10C Sedan ... The air-cooled Franklin engines were touted for not boiling over or freezing. (DC, ST)
1924 Franklin Model 10C Sedan ... Franklins were the most popular air-cooled cars until the Chevrolet Corvair of the 1960s.
1924 Franklin Model 10C Sedan ... Franklins were the most popular air-cooled cars until the Chevrolet Corvair of the 1960s.
1939 Pontiac Woody station wagon, photographed through glass window
1939 Pontiac "Woody" station wagon, photographed through glass window
1938 Oldsmobile display chassis, photographed through glass window of car dealership showroom
1938 Oldsmobile display chassis, photographed through glass window of car dealership showroom
1939 Oldsmobile Series 70 Business Coupe from the collection of Bud Dutton; photographed through glass window
1939 Oldsmobile Series 70 Business Coupe from the collection of Bud Dutton; photographed through glass window
1939 La Salle Two-Door Touring Sedan from Petersen Museum Collection; gift of John and Lee Rogers
1939 La Salle Two-Door Touring Sedan from Petersen Museum Collection; gift of John and Lee Rogers
1939 Pontiac Woody station wagon, photographed through glass window
1939 Pontiac "Woody" station wagon, photographed through glass window
1932 Ford Model BB Tow Truck from the collection of the Automobile Club of Southern California
1932 Ford Model BB Tow Truck from the collection of the Automobile Club of Southern California
Cars parked in front of Ryan's Market
Cars parked in front of Ryan's Market
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham from the collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham from the collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham; used by Juan and Evita Peron, then-president and first lady of Argentina
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham; used by Juan and Evita Peron, then-president and first lady of Argentina
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham; originally had dark color; painted yellow during 1970s restoration
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham; originally had dark color; painted yellow during 1970s restoration
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton by Derham
1939 Plymouth P-2 Two-Door Sedan from Petersen Museum Collection, gift of Carl Roger Ekholm family
1939 Plymouth P-2 Two-Door Sedan from Petersen Museum Collection, gift of Carl Roger Ekholm family
1939 Plymouth P-2 Two-Door Sedan, with 82 hp straight-six engine
1939 Plymouth P-2 Two-Door Sedan, with 82 hp straight-six engine
1939 Mercury Convertible Coupe from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1939 Mercury Convertible Coupe from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1939 Mercury Convertible Coupe, with 95 hp flathead V8; 1939 was Mercury's first year
1939 Mercury Convertible Coupe, with 95 hp flathead V8; 1939 was Mercury's first year
1935 Ford Phaeton with 85 hp flathead V8; from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1935 Ford Phaeton with 85 hp flathead V8; from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1935 Ford Phaeton ... Phaetons were intended primarily for stylish fair-weather motoring and had minimal weather protection.
1935 Ford Phaeton ... Phaetons were intended primarily for stylish fair-weather motoring and had minimal weather protection.
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
Ryan's Market, Streetscape, Petersen Automotive Museum
1945 Bell Special Midget Racer with Offenhauser engine; from collection of Richter family
1945 Bell Special Midget Racer with Offenhauser engine; from collection of Richter family
1945 Bell Special Midget Racer
1945 Bell Special Midget Racer
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible from private collection
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible from private collection
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible ... Many believe the 1959 Cadillac's fins marked the climax of Detroit's tail-fin era.
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible ... Many believe the 1959 Cadillac's fins marked the climax of Detroit's tail-fin era.
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 The Egyptian ... Owned and designed by customizer John D'Agostino, this car was introduced in 2009.
1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 "The Egyptian" ... Owned and designed by customizer John D'Agostino, this car was introduced in 2009.
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible Elvis II, designed John D'Agostino; winner of Joe Bailon Elegance Award
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible "Elvis II," designed John D'Agostino; winner of Joe Bailon Elegance Award
Re-creation of a custom body shop
Re-creation of a custom body shop
1930 Nash 482R Coupe, left, and 1929 Chevrolet Model AC Imperial Landau
1930 Nash 482R Coupe, left, and 1929 Chevrolet Model AC Imperial Landau
California Highway Patrol officer stands behind a billboard, with his 1932 Harley
California Highway Patrol officer stands behind a billboard, with his 1932 Harley
1963 Chrysler Turbine experimental car; one of 50 built and of eight that remain; from Natural History Museum of L.A. County
1963 Chrysler Turbine experimental car; one of 50 built and of eight that remain; from Natural History Museum of L.A. County
1978 Hybricon Centaur II gas-electric hybrid; Honda 600 body customized by George Barris; Robert Metzner & Gerald Fields gift
1978 Hybricon Centaur II gas-electric hybrid; Honda 600 body customized by George Barris; Robert Metzner & Gerald Fields gift
1955 Cobra Motorama Custom, one of two built by Wally and Harry Hansen for 1955 Motor Trend Motorama
1955 Cobra Motorama Custom, one of two built by Wally and Harry Hansen for 1955 Motor Trend Motorama
1955 Cobra Motorama Custom, from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1955 Cobra Motorama Custom, from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1957 Teverbaugh & Kirkland Bonneville Special, first Bonneville car with a parachute to help it stop; restored/updated 1992-2005
1957 Teverbaugh & Kirkland Bonneville Special, first Bonneville car with a parachute to help it stop; restored/updated 1992-2005
1957 Teverbaugh & Kirkland Bonneville Special, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection, bequest of Jim Prewitt
1957 Teverbaugh & Kirkland Bonneville Special, from Petersen Automotive Museum Collection, bequest of Jim Prewitt
1959 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Bob Bondurant, who won the Corvette Driver of the Year award in 1959
1959 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Bob Bondurant, who won the Corvette "Driver of the Year" award in 1959
1959 Chevrolet Corvette driven by race car driver Bob Bondurant; from collection of Steve Earle
1959 Chevrolet Corvette driven by race car driver Bob Bondurant; from collection of Steve Earle
1959 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Bob Bondurant, who became a major force in the mid-1960s racing success of  the Shelby Cobra
1959 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Bob Bondurant, who became a major force in the mid-1960s racing success of the Shelby Cobra
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, # MK3 1105, one of seven Mark IIIs built and one of four with lefthand drive
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, # MK3 1105, one of seven Mark IIIs built and one of four with lefthand drive
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, originally owned by Austrian orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, who drove it sparingly
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, originally owned by Austrian orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, who drove it sparingly
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III ... The car's name was derived from its low height, a mere 40 inches from the ground to the rooftop
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III ... The car's name was derived from its low height, a mere 40 inches from the ground to the rooftop
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, with round rather than oblong headlights, enlarged rear for luggage, more comfortable ride and interior
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, with round rather than oblong headlights, enlarged rear for luggage, more comfortable ride and interior
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, street-legal like other Mark IIIs; from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III, street-legal like other Mark IIIs; from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection
1935 Hanks-Offy Midget Racer, from Bruce R. McCaw Collection ... Sam Hanks won the 1957 Indianapolis 500.
1935 Hanks-Offy Midget Racer, from Bruce R. McCaw Collection ... Sam Hanks won the 1957 Indianapolis 500.
1946 Kurtis Offy Midget Racer, made by Indy race car manufacturer Frank Kurtis, Jr., of L.A.; from Petersen Museum Collection
1946 Kurtis Offy Midget Racer, made by Indy race car manufacturer Frank Kurtis, Jr., of L.A.; from Petersen Museum Collection
Otis Chandler Gallery, named for late publisher of Los Angeles Times ... He was a major car and motorcycle collector.
Otis Chandler Gallery, named for late publisher of Los Angeles Times ... He was a major car and motorcycle collector.
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961)... The Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. has a 202 in its collection.
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961)... The Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. has a 202 in its collection.
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina (two words until 1961), from collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen
Hot Wheels Hall of Fame
Hot Wheels Hall of Fame
Ford Focus
Ford Focus
Ford Focus
Ford Focus
1939 Lincoln Zephyr Scrape, with 1941 front clip; designed by former Hot Rod Magazine editor Terry Cook; Petersen Collection
1939 Lincoln Zephyr "Scrape," with 1941 front clip; designed by former Hot Rod Magazine editor Terry Cook; Petersen Collection
1912 Indian Single motorcycle, once owned by actor Steve McQueen; from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection
1912 Indian Single motorcycle, once owned by actor Steve McQueen; from Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection
1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster DH Special, built by So-Cal Speed Shop for Paul Hoffman; from collection of Paul Hoffman
1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster DH Special, built by So-Cal Speed Shop for Paul Hoffman; from collection of Paul Hoffman
1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster DH Special, built by So-Cal Speed Shop, was on cover of December 2002 issue of Rod & Custom magazine
1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster DH Special, built by So-Cal Speed Shop, was on cover of December 2002 issue of Rod & Custom magazine
2008 Ford Mustang GT Scythe, designed and built by Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, Calif.
2008 Ford Mustang GT "Scythe," designed and built by Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, Calif.
2008 Ford Mustang GT Scythe, a Mustang base wrapped in hand-made custom fiberglass composite and painted candy purple
2008 Ford Mustang GT "Scythe," a Mustang base wrapped in hand-made custom fiberglass composite and painted candy purple
2008 Ford Mustang GT Scythe, with voice-activated doors, lights, ignition and stereo
2008 Ford Mustang GT "Scythe," with voice-activated doors, lights, ignition and stereo
2008 Ford Mustang GT Scythe, powered by a twin-supercharged 1,005 hp engine
2008 Ford Mustang GT "Scythe," powered by a twin-supercharged 1,005 hp engine
2008 Ford Mustang GT Scythe, with 3G access to news, weather and traffic; from collection of Galpin Auto Sports
2008 Ford Mustang GT "Scythe," with 3G access to news, weather and traffic; from collection of Galpin Auto Sports
1938 Reo tractor and Curtis Aerocar, both custom built for Hubert Eaton of Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
1938 Reo tractor and Curtis Aerocar, both custom built for Hubert Eaton of Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
Curtis Aerocar, with sleeping quarters and many amenities
Curtis Aerocar, with sleeping quarters and many amenities
Curtis Aerocar, donated, along with Reo tractor, to Petersen Automotive Museum by Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
Curtis Aerocar, donated, along with Reo tractor, to Petersen Automotive Museum by Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
Arfons Green Monster Jet Car, 3-time holder of Land Speed Record, built and driven by Art Arfons, powered by GE J-79 jet engine
Arfons Green Monster Jet Car, 3-time holder of Land Speed Record, built and driven by Art Arfons, powered by GE J-79 jet engine
1934 Ford 1-Ton Panel Truck Cruisin' Classroom, formerly used by actor Steve McQueen, serves as a public outreach vehicle
1934 Ford 1-Ton Panel Truck "Cruisin' Classroom," formerly used by actor Steve McQueen, serves as a "public outreach" vehicle