The Petersen Automotive Museum was already a must-see for any car enthusiast visiting Los Angeles, and it’s about to get a little better should you also be a James Bond fan. Opening Sept. 25 in the museum’s appropriately named Grand Salon gallery will be the “Bond in Motion” exhibit of more than 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and scale models used during the creation of the 24 official James Bond films. The timing corresponds with the Oct. 8 release of “No Time to Die,” the upcoming 60th anniversary of the first Bond movie … and hey, the release of our “All 24 James Bond movies ranked only by their cars.”
Opening on July 24, “Pole Position: The Juan Gonzalez Formula 1 Collection”, includes F1 racers from the 1980s through to 2018.
Ten cars owned by Juan Gonzalez, Chairman of the Board of Mission Foods, will be accompanied by an immersive 180-degree video experience.
Taking pole position
Two of the cars on show at the Petersen Museum will have a link to the late Ayrton Senna.
The bright yellow Lotus 99T took the Brazilian driver to two victories in the 1987 season. This included the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
The 1994 Williams FW15D is one of the last Formula 1 cars driven by Senna before his tragic death.
Video: Lewis Hamilton takes
Chrysler’s search for a more reliable engine in the 1960s created a few priceless collectables.
In all 55 examples of Chrysler’s 1963 Turbine Car were made. To test the revolutionary cars designed to offer an alternative to the piston engines of the time, the cars were loaned out to various real-world drivers. Instead of finding that the new turbine engine powered cars were more reliable and efficient than Chrysler’s other engines of the 1960s, the project proved to be inefficient with higher emissions. Shortly after these findings, all but nine of the cars were scrapped along with the project itself.
Two remained with Chrysler, five were destined for the museum, and two others were privately held. Of course one of those privately held examples ended up in Jay Leno’s collection. While that is not really all that surprising, what is extraordinary is the
The Petersen Automotive Museum displays Ford’s limited production “Liquid Carbon” supercar.
When you read the story about the Petersen Automotive Museum’s display of the 2021 Ford Bronco design prototype, you may have noticed that Ford’s resurrected SUV was sharing lobby floor space with a remarkably contrasting vehicle. The second-generation Ford GT is one of the wildest designs to wear the Blue Oval badge—and the special Liquid Carbon edition takes it one big step further.
The Ford GT—a 21st century version of the classic GT40 from the ’60s — was a concept car before it became a limited production vehicle (just over 4,000 cars) for the 2005 and 2006 model years. The second gen ford GT appeared in 2015, debuting at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. The broad hood might remind you of the shovelnose shape that