Petersen Automotive Museum (@petersenmuseum) — Home to over 250 of the rarest and most iconic vehicles throughout history.
Piloted by Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, this AA/fuel dragster made history with four quarter-mile runs in the six-second range at the NHRA Springnationals in 1967. The engine, originally developed for NASCAR racing, was a @ford 427 Cammer with steel billet rocker arms, aluminum rods and pistons, and copper head gaskets made by Pink. 📸 @iamted7
Overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979, this @porsche 935 K3 survives as one of the foremost examples of racing success bolstering Porsche’s image of excellence. Its “K” designation refers to Germany’s Kremer Racing, a shop that modified and developed a variety of Porsches for use by “privateers” (teams without formal factory support). Do you know the top speed required to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979? 📸 @iamted7
Our upcoming exhibit, Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous, will feature some of the most superior competition cars of the Bruce Meyer Collection. This 1960 @chevrolet Corvette is one of those winners. It won class and finished 8th overall at the 1960 Le Mans. Buy tickets to the opening reception, February 22nd, to be the first to see these winners on display: Petersen.org/never-lift. @bonneville_200 📸 @iamted7
In the early 1980s @mclaren re-established itself as a Grand Prix winning team with the assistance of this 1987 McLaren TAG Porsche. Under the guidance of Ron Dennis, McLaren commissioned the development of a bespoke turbocharged engine from @porsche. McLaren then partnered with the company TAG to fund the engine and badged the engines TAG Turbos. 📸 @iamted7
When Nissan abandoned its program to build a supercar engineered by Yamaha, the latter firm offered it to @toyota, which eagerly took advantage of the opportunity to build a sports car that could rival European products. The production 2000GT was fabricated entirely by hand, and the luxurious interior included a rosewood dash and signal-seeking radio. • • • • You can purchase your own model version of this vehicle at Petersenstore.org. 📸 @iamted7
The Zero, Dome’s sensational prototype for a roadgoing supercar, employed a @nissan L28E engine (also used in the 280Z) and was intended to offer an alternative to exotic European supercars. A racing version dubbed the Zero RL competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1979, 1980, and 1981. 📸 @iamted7
One of four @porsche 928s used for filming “Risky Business.” This is the “hero” (primary) car that was used for most driving scenes and the entire chase scene with Joe Pantoliano as Guido. Producer Jon Avnet said he taught @tomcruise how to drive a stick shift on this car. What’s your favorite Hollywood film car at the museum? 📸 @iamted7
Medaza Cycles grabbed the traditional custom motorcycle world by the nose, winning the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in 2013. The fact “Rondine” was voted the winner by a jury of its bike-building peers speaks volumes about the changes in the global custom scene. 📸 @iamted7
This video features footage from the 1954 Andrews Air Force Base Sports Car Race. You can see archival photos similar to this on our Petersen SEMA x TEN digitization project: www.archive.petersen.org. Tag a friend below who would enjoy this race day footage!
This is an all-Italian supercar first unveiled in 1991 to celebrate the 110th birthday of Ettore Bugatti. Unfortunately, production of the @bugatti EB110 coincided with a dramatic decline in the supercar market during the 1990s and just 139 were produced. Do you know the top speed of this 552-horsepower supercar? 📸 @iamted7
The @porsche Continental was conceived by influential New York importer Max Hoffman who believed that the American market would be more likely to embrace a vehicle with an evocative name, rather than a mere number designation. Porsche was forced to re-badge the Continental twice. Do you know the two other names this vehicle went by? 📸 @iamted7