Peterson Car Museum

My brother-in-law, John (the world traveler), was out in Los Angeles recently and visited the Petersen Automotive Museum. He sent me these photos and I thought I would post them here since they apparently have a nice Hot Wheels display. I’ve never been to the Petersen, but after browsing their website, I would say it looks like a must-see for anyone who likes cars.

The Petersen was established in 1994 on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, in an awesome mid-century modern building which was designed by Welton Becket in 1962. The Peterson claims over 300 vehicles, with only about half of these on display at any given time. The rotating exhibits feature streetscape dioramas that include period correct architectural elements. The collection also includes “rare automobile components, artwork, photographs, books and automobilia.”

The Hot Wheels display at the Petersen is a permanent exhibition which includes original models and patterns, injection molds and drawings of original vehicle designs from the Hot Wheels design studio. Johns photos also show a display which includes “every basic car casting created since Hot Wheels was founded in 1968”!

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I find it interesting that out of all of the Hot Wheels castings ever made, John chose this one for a close-up shot.1379242_10201710321472455_203225608_n

I’m trying to figure out how to build one of these giant wheels to put in my house. I think it would make a nice addition to our living area, but I’m not sure my wife would agree.

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About marcboz

Marc Bosworth is an artist who teaches printmaking and works as an art director. He lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in Wichita with his lovely wife and their young ninja son.
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