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A Dozen Classic Cars Everyone Should Know

The Petersen Automotive Museum has gathered its all-stars into a single exhibit.

Dan Carney

July 14, 2023

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The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has a famously incredible collection of classic cars and motorcycles.

A problem with such a large collection and the schedule of specialty exhibits focusing on particular niche models is that it is possible for the collection’s most amazing and noteworthy cars to be missed.

The museum is solving that problem with Splendor and Speed: Treasures of the Petersen Collection, a roundup of a dozen of its most desirable and influential cars in a single place for easy viewing.

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The cars are supported in the exhibit by nearly 100 original mid-20th-century design models and works of automotive concept art, more than 30 minutes of rare film footage, and numerous one-of-a-kind artifacts.

“The display is a fitting reflection of the exceptional assortment of vehicles we have in our collection,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “We are delighted to have visitors view the museum's most cherished vehicles and artifacts.”

Click through the photo gallery to see the glamorous dozen cars that are showcased in this exhibit.

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