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Petersen Museum Debuts Three New Virtual Exhibits

Published on Sat, Oct 10, 2020

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

The Petersen unveils three major new automotive exhibits through an online showcase before the museum’s reopening.

The Petersen Automotive Museum has brilliantly adapted to the challenges brought by COVID, and this is their newest feat. This marks the first time a major museum has displayed three new exhibits through an online showcase.

Watch the full virtual tour here!

The 50-minute tour is split up into three parts:

  • Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed
  • Extreme Conditions, supported by Land Rover
  • Redefining Performance, supported by Porsche


"Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed" showcases the evolution of the supercar. For the better part of half a century, supercars have been the objects of desire, with posters hung on bedroom walls around the world by kids who dare to dream of future possibilities. These cars have defined on-track performance and show the halo effect one extraordinary limited-production model can have on an entire brand’s image. Now, the most iconic supercars of the past century will be gathered in one place at one time for this exhibit. Whether you grew up in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, or ‘90s, the supercar you lusted after is likely on display. Notable vehicles on exhibit include several all-time favorites: a 1991 Ferrari F40, 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO, 1998 McLaren F1 LM, and more. 
 
Supported by Land Rover, “Extreme Conditions” highlights 11 custom competition, recreational, and utilitarian off-roading vehicles. Vehicles on display will include the “Desert Flyer,” a 1989 Porsche 964 raced in the Mexican 1000, and “Goldirocks,” a rock crawler Jeep raced by the late Jessi Combs, and a 2020 Land Rover Defender Trek vehicle. A special feature of the display includes two Zero South Hummer H1s with Mattracks conversions; these vehicles famously traveled over 1,000 miles across Antarctica and through the South Pole. 
 
“Redefining Performance” will highlight Porsche’s transfer of technology from the track
to the road with vehicles such as a 1951 Porsche 356SL Gmünd Coupe, the 1979
Porsche 935 Kremer K3, and a 2016 Porsche 911 RSR.

To view the tour, watch the video here.

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