If you're ever visiting LA put aside a couple of hours and drop into the Peterson Car Museum, ask for the vault tour. You won't regret it and more importantly you won't look like a fool, like we did, after a couple of people at SEMA saw our Peterson shirt and asked us what we thought about the the vault tour. So we had to do it again and see what the fuss was about. When we met up with the JDMYARD/ZEN guys at Santa Monica, we suggested that we should all go do to the vault tour on their last day in states.
Enjoy the pics, also included are some of the info taken from the little billboards next to each car.
A tradition of Excellence: Named after the French racecar driver Louis Chrion, It is the first production vehicle to generate 1,500HP. Top speed: 261MPH, Price: $2.6 Million
Steve McQueen's favorite car: 1956 Jaguar XKSS, He enjoyed driving the car fast and is reported to have received enough speeding tickets that his driver's license was almost suspended twice during his first year of ownership. Unhappy with the original white paint and red interior, McQueen had the car repainted an appropriate British racing green and re-trimmed with black leather upholstery.
Fiberglass Shell: 1993 Mazda RX-7 Concept model. The third generation Mazda RX-7 was powered by the most highly developed Wankel-rotary engine ever installed in a production car. Believing that such advanced engineering called for equally advanced styling, Mazda initiated an internal design competition among its studios in Hiroshima and Yokohama, Japan and Irvine, California. This model of the winning design was created by Art Center College of Design graduate Wu-Huang Chin at the Mazda Design Center in Irvine, one of the first studios established in Southern California by a Japanese Automaker.
Road going race car: the Ford GT40 MK III was a road-going version of the remarkably successful GT40 race car. Ford adapted the car for road use by softing the suspension, improving interior comfort and extending the rear deck to accommodated a luggage compartment. Powered by a specially developed 289 cubic-inch V-8 engine, the GT40 can cacelerate from zero to 60 in 5.3seconds. Top Speed 165MPH, 306HP, Price when new : $18,500 ( $129,000 today)
1995 Mclaren F1 : Built by Formula 1 car desinger Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens, the sophisticated F1 was designed from scratch to be the ultimate supercar. Top Speed: 243MPH, 627HP
1992 RALT RT40, Developed for the North American and New Zealand Formula Atlantic Champships ( Formula Atlantic = The same engine from Takumi's 10,000rpm AE86)
From left to right: 1980 Porsche 935 K3, 1969 Porsche 917K Gluf Wyer, 1980 Porsche 936/4 Martini Racing, 1986 Porsche 962 Rothmans Racing