Feature Flick: Peering into the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Vault

This week on The J-Turn, Jessi Lang visits the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to check out the museum’s underground vault, which holds more than 200 rare cars including the 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Spyder that Enzo Ferrari gave as a gift to Henry Ford II.

Lang meets with Petersen representative Lesley Kendal, who shares a little bit of the history behind the museum. The museum was founded by Robert E. Petersen, the man who created both Motor Trend, and Hot Rod. As Kendal explains, the museum only has room to show about 150 cars in the exhibits upstairs, so it keeps the more than 250 other cars in the collection locked in the vault downstairs.

Kendal then walks us through some of the more special cars in the Petersen vault. The first car the two examine is a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C. This supercharged I-8-powered Bugatti has an interesting history: it was given as a gift from France to the Shah of Iran after he got married. Next, they check out a 1913 Mercer Type 35-J, which Kendal explains was the supercar of the day. While the two are in the vault we also get a peek at a few other interesting cars, like Petersen’s old hot rods, a vintage Rolls-Royce coupe, and even the pink Honda S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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