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From the Delorean to the Batmobile, these are the cars that have shaped the history of cinema

From the Delorean to the Batmobile, these are the cars that have shaped the history of cinema

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Cars and Hollywood go together like chocolate and peanut butter (or mashed potatoes and gravy – pick your favorite pairing). the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles pays homage to this heritage with its new exhibition, “Cars of Cinema and Television”.

Founded in 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen, the museum was originally part of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History before moving to a new, largely windowless space that once housed a department store. (The absence of sunlight helps preserve cars on display indoors.)

In 2015, the Petersen Automotive Museum The space underwent a full makeover, which included a controversial exterior redesign with large stainless steel ribbons painted red and white, almost like racing stripes — they’re meant to evoke speed and movement. Many people hated the exterior designincluding Marissa Gluck of Curbed LA, who memorably described the new facade as “the Guy Fieri of buildings: obnoxious, loud and, ultimately, sure to be inexplicably embraced by the public”. As an audience member, I love it precisely because it’s so unique and different; it doesn’t even try to fit in with the stilted architecture that surrounds it along Miracle Mile.

An exterior view of the Peterson Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
Enlarge / An exterior view of the Peterson Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

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There are currently over 200 cars in the museum’s permanent collection, of which around 100 are on display in the various galleries at any one time. Gems include a 1956 Jaguar XKSS once owned by actor Steve McQueen, a De Tomaso Pantera once owned by Elvis Presley, a 1967 Ford MKIII GT40 and a rare 1939 Porsche 64 (only one exists ).

Given the Petersen Museum’s location in Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that it has collaborated with Hollywood in recent years to develop exhibits dedicated to cars in film and television – guaranteed crowd pleasers who strive to expand its audience beyond car enthusiasts. A previous exhibit featured cars from the James Bond film franchise (“Link in motion“), including the 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish of die another day; the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me; and, of course, the iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in golden eye, tomorrow never dies, celestial fallSpectrumand last year no time to die.

According to director of business operations Lincoln Ramirez, the new exhibit was inspired by the success of 2019’s Hollywood Dream Machines exhibit — smaller, but following the same basic theme — and builds on the relationships the museum has. forged in Hollywood. “I think the industry is increasingly recognizing the importance of these relics,” he told Ars.

1981 Delorean DMC-12 Back to the future

Could there be a more famous luxury car than the Delorean DMC-12 that Doc Brown converted into a time machine? (If you’re going to fit a time machine into a car, why not do it in style!) This car is one of three used in Back to the future; it is designated A, meaning it was used on screen for action and stills. It spent 25 years as a tourist attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, suffering considerable wear and tear before being restored, complete with a new flux capacitor.