Start Your Engines

See the classic hot rods, luxury cars, and custom automobiles parked in Petersen Automotive Museum’s private vault

On a recent visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum, we learned how the museum plans to spend a $100 million donation it received this spring (visitors should expect updates to its façade, interior, and parking garage plus the installation of a full research library) and scored a car collector’s dream: a private tour of the Petersen’s “vault.” Here are just a few of the cars that revved us up 

Photographs by Israel Lemus

The Petersen Automotive Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.