As is always the story with projects, life gets in the way. I haven’t been too interested in sweating in the Vegas heat to work on the car, and the house projects have taken longer than I wanted. One trip taken this summer to get away from the heat was to the newly redesigned Peterson Museum in Los Angles.
As soon as you enter the building you are greeted by this Mclaren P1 unpainted in it’s full carbon fiber glory. The one of only 375 cars uses a twin turbo v8 and an electric motor between engine and transmission to propel it to it’s top speed of 217. Jay Leno got the first one sold in America, this isn’t his.
Next to the P1 is this monster, a 1925 Rolls. The car was bodied as a cabriolet from the factory, but was converted to it’s current form in 1934. It was discovered in the 50’s in bad shape, and was restored to it’s former glory and has been with the museum since 2001
Part of the renovation of the museum was a large room off the first floor that showcased cars as art. These cars we all from the early part of the century when style was the most important thing. None of them where cheap when they where new and most cost 7 figures or more now. This is a 1948 Talbot-Lago which a has a Formula 1 race car chassis and engine under this long hood. This car was one of the fastest touring coupes of the day.
This is a 1939 Delahaye type 165, if was used to represent France and the Worlds fair in New Your City that year. The covered wheels pontoon fenders scream elegance.
This car is called Bugatti’s master piece, It is a 1936 Bugatti type 57sc Atlantic. The body is riveted together to create a spine down the middle of the car, and give it that teardrop shape. This is one of only 4 ever made.
The Shah’s car. This 1939 type 57C Bugatti was given to Shah of Iran on his wedding day from the French government. The full skirted fenders make the car seem like it’s flying on a cloud.
I guess in the 60’s you could buy a race car and drive it on the street. This is a road going version of the car that beat Ferrari at the 24 hours of Le mans. The Ford gt40 Gen 3 had a high powered 289 V8 out of a Mustang in the back and 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds, that’s fast even today.
The Second floor of the museum was dedicated to the color silver, with nothing but silver cars to show case how the color looks on some of the fastest cars of their time. This is the most winning Ferrari ever. It is a 1957 625/250 Testa Rossa with a body by Scaglietti. The first owner was the Southern California Ferrari dealer and had a 2.5 liter V12 formula 1 race motor put in it, then upgraded it to the 3.0 liter motor. This is the only one like it in the world.
The inside of the Ferrari shows that it was all business, the seat belt the only thing holding you in at 150mph
The 1954 Mercedes-benz W196 was their last Formula one racer til they returned a few years ago. It uses a fuel injected straight 8 with a 5 speed transmission, surrounded by a tubular space frame chassis. With drivers Juan-Manuel Fangio and Sterling Moss it won championships in both 1954 and 1955.
The greatest ever! The Mclaren F1 used a BMW V12 to produce 550hp, and gold, titanium, carbon fiber, and Kevlar to get it’s weight to only 2341 lbs (as much as a miata). It had the highest top speed of any car produced for close to 20 years.
This 1954 375MM Ferrari was once a red race car, but was turned in the this silver coupe by the design house Scaglietti. The design lines of the car where a staring point for the famous Testa Rosa pictured above.
The Third floor of the museum had some of the most iconic racers from Porsche, this 1980 model 935 won it’s class at the 24h of Le Mans. The K3 designates the evolution of the motor from Porches original design, these motor developed over 800 hp from a single turbo and mechanical fuel injection.
One of 4 936 Porsche ever built, they won the 24hr of Le Mans 3 times, this one came in second in 1980. The six cylinder engine produced 520 hp with the help of two turbos and had a top speed of 217mph.
The Star of the show, this is Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar XKSS. The XKSS was basically a road going version of the Le Mans racing Jaguar D-type with a 3.4 liter inline 6 producing 262 hp and 260 tq in a lightweight body. Jaguar only made 16 of these and Steve bought his used, and loved it so much that after he sold it in 1969 he bought it back some years later and kept it til his death. The value of a regular XKSS is about 1.5 million, but because this one is Steve’s it is valued at over 30 million, but I don’t think the family will ever sell it.