"Supercars: When Too Much is Almost Enough" is the newest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum. It will open March 5 and run through October 16, 2011.
Like supermarkets, supermodels, and supercomputers, supercars represent an extreme. More than mere transportation, they offer a bold and extroverted means to express oneself.
Supercars have existed since the first decade of the 20th century and, while their mechanical and design specifications have evolved from era to era, they have always had immensely powerful engines, minimal passenger capacity, adventurous mechanical specifications, and a commanding presence. Such attributes guaranteed that supercars always had far more power and performance than would ever be thought necessary for everyday motoring.
Included in the Petersen Museum exhibition will be examples of supercars ranging from the big-bore monsters of almost a century ago, to the more recent and recognizable small-bore forced-induction supercars.
Even though such vehicles could never be considered even remotely practical, the panache and prestige they confer upon their owners effectively guarantees that there will always be a steady, if miniscule, market for them.
Supercars on display include:
Bugatti 57C Atalante
Ferrari 400 Superamerica
Ford GT-40 Mark III
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Mercedes Targa Florio
Pagani Zonda?Pegaso Z-102B
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Admission prices are $10 for general admission adults, $5 for seniors and students with ID, and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members and children under five are admitted free. Covered parking is available for $2 per half hour with an $8 maximum for Museum visitors.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For general information visit the Museum's website at: www.petersen.org