TTAC Christmas Special A Visit To The Petersen Museum Vault The Truth… — Volkswagen Dasher

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TTAC Christmas Special: A To The Petersen Museum Vault

The of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los is the subterranean parking structure in the dream of automotive enthusiasts and old. You know—the one where you the department store head fumbling for car keys as the scenery to a chiaroscuro of concrete and fluorescent and out of thin air appears a collection of decadent enough to make a weep. This one, is quite real, and perhaps the secret known to gearheads but experienced only by a select Until recently, that is.


After nearly two decades of the Petersen museum—housed, ironically in a former department store—has the doors to its basement vault to the for a limited time. The vault 80,000 square feet of treasures ranging from one-off production models, to owned by local celebrities or in film production. The automobiles and in the basement share the local, focus of the museum’s viewable collection.

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The current vault denizens, too to enumerate individually, include no than nine Ferraris, a XKSS owned and restored by McQueen, and official transportation of of state. Its variety rivals of the storehouses of megalomaniac dictocrat Heck, there are three Jets down there. heard of a Muntz (the of Glendale, Calif.-based Earl Muntz in the ‘40s and ‘50s) let alone seen one? had we.

Executive director Terry who has led the museum since August wanted to activate the synapses of visitors perhaps unfamiliar the museum’s current offerings. “I visited the vault when I Karges said. He saw the museum as a complex” for those with a yen for cars, but logistics prevented from touring the basement. obvious is always absurd,” he With the intention of accommodating 50 per day, the Petersen staff a one-hour tour of the collection, its docents, and added guards for the purpose.

By Karges’ reckoning, the work has off: during the holiday season, as many as 100 visitors per day the vault, including young who were intrigued by the prospect of into the hidden collection. to former museum director Messer, the museum is unique “the entire collection is and it has no need for satellite storage—or sub-vaults. It’s currently if the vault will reopen to after its three-week trial but Karges is optimistic in the museum’s to exhibiting the automobile’s past, and future in light of the Chrysler recent decision to temporarily and retool. “We’re not trying to do one brand,” he said. “The shows off the automobile’s influence in Los and the history of the automobile.”

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