If you live in Los Angeles, you more than likely have been to the Petersen Automotive Museum at least once. The Petersen is known for housing some of the world's most prized and most unusual of automobiles, providing those who visit an experience they will never forget. Cars are displayed in settings that correspond with the era or category whether it be cars from the '60s or movie cars - this museum does its homework. And if you are lucky enough to see what lies in the vault below the museum floors, then you have truly set your eyes on pieces of rolling sculpture and automotive history.
Events at the museum are regular and the public is also able to rent out parts of the museum such as the roof top or even the entire museum! The roof is where the fun takes place. The last Sunday of every month a Breakfast Club Cruise-in is held featuring a particular marque, country or special themed event.
This past Sunday (September 29th), British cars were honored. Below are the top five cars of the show, as chosen by your author, with a non-British surprise and a non- European gem we couldn't pass up sharing with you. Let us know which of the five you like best in the comments section below.
1968 Series 1 1/2 Jaguar E-Type
It's a labor of love.
One of the most iconic British cars of all time, this gorgeous Series 1 1/2 E-Type caught our eye. In the most unusual of colors, Ascott Fawn, this E has been in the family since it was a year old (1969). At one point this fawn beauty was the family's only car. "I brought my daughter home from the hospital in this car when she was born. So you can see it has a lot of attachment." Still fairly original with the engine never leaving the car, only minor things here and there have been fixed or replaced over the years. Driving to and from body shops and various shows, the owner says. "It's a labor of love."
1964 Aston Martin DB5
The name's Bond, James Bond.
If you are a movie buff then you probably know where this car is best known. The name's Bond, James Bond. Not only is this car especially iconic, it is also worth quite a few pretty pennies. The current owner purchased it about 35 years ago and it has since had some work done to keep it looking at its best - otherwise it is very original (especially all the mechanical parts). "Most of the ones that came to America were automatics but I had it converted to a five-speed stick shift with a DB6 Moss gearbox." You may notice the unusual mirrors; well those are racing mirrors and look stunning on this DB5. Only driving the car to shows now, the owner knows and understands the value of the car and understandably doesn't want to risk any possible damage.
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Vanden Plas Touring
Every part on the car is numbered and every part on the car is original and correct.
You never know who you will run into at one of these shows, and we just happened to snag a few minutes from big name car collector Bruce Meyer. He brought this vintage beauty and we were sure glad he did. This is the exact model (not car) that won Le Mans in the late '20s. "Every part on the car is numbered and every part on the car is original and correct." After having one owner in the UK for 50 years, Meyer purchased the Bentley about four years ago and has done several European rallies and will be accumulating some more US rallies soon.
1967 BMW 2000C
For the most part I just really love it and I especially love not having a B-pillar.
Although not British this BMW deserved a top spot at the show. The current owner (a fellow journalist at thecarcrush.com) acquired it about two years ago in Santa Monica, CA when it was in route to a buyer out of state and that's when he made his move. Converted from an automatic to a five-speed, the car is rust free and it seems, to the shops that work on it, to be fairly original too. These cars are pretty rare, not your typical vintage BMW. You won't see one roaming the streets on your average Sunday afternoon drive. According to the owner, "Rust is these cars biggest enemy, but it's not one of those cars where it is hyper valuable and you have to be constantly worried about it. For the most part I just really love it and I especially love not having a B-pillar."
1968 Toyota 2000GT
The last one sold in Texas for 1.2 million.
Now how could we say no to this incredibly rare vintage supercar? Yes we know, it's not British or European, but those lines, oh they scream European. 351 total cars were produced and 54 were made specifically for the US with 61 lefthand drives in total. If you aren't aware of these gorgeous cars' value, the owner explained, "The last one sold in Texas for 1.2 million." Produced from '67 to '70, these Japanese super cars are now loved worldwide and wanted by most any serious car collector. "It's one of my prized cars in a collection of 185 others."
We hope this short top 5 list has sparked your interest and possibly convinced you to attend the next Breakfast Club Cruise-in at the Petersen. See you there!