Unfortunately, a major side effect that the global pandemic has had on car culture is that many events and places like car museums have had to close to the public.
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is no different. The Petersen closed to the public months ago to comply with LA County health regulations. That includes the car meets the museum would have on weekend mornings.
However, regulations are starting to loosen up in LA and it appears that the Petersen may reopen again soon but with strict social distancing protocols in place.
In the meantime, the museum has prepped for reopening by setting up a brand new exhibit on the third floor called “Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed”.
Yeah, I know that is quite the mouthful, but it does sound impressive doesn’t it? As the name suggests, the exhibit is a tour through the progression of the supercar that literally goes back 100 years!
It starts as far back as the first car built by Mercedes and goes all the way to the McLaren F1 with plenty of fun stops in between. For example, a Maserati MC12 that was once owned by Michael Schumacher.
The Petersen allowed The Smoking Tire host and Road & Track writer Matt Farrah to get an early look at the exhibit allowing him to have free reign of the entire third floor to himself and a camera man.
Naturally Farrah seized the opportunity and gave his viewers a full tour of the exhibit on his YouTube channel.
Why would The Petersen give Matt such an opportunity? Well, besides the fact that the guy has a huge audience, there is also the fun fact that Matt’s very own Lamborghini Countach is in the exhibit!
Matt’s Lambo is even positioned right near the front so it is the first car visitors will see when they begin to make their way through the exhibit.
The Lamborghini Countach is a generally rare car as only a little over 2,000 were built during it’s production run. Matt’s Countach is exceptionally rare as it is one of only 607 Countach’s that came with the “Quattrovalvole” engine. That means it had 4-valve carburetors.
Combine the rarity with the excellent condition that Farrah keeps his car in and it is more than worthy of a spot in the exhibit. The only down side is that surely Matt will miss driving it for a while.
Matt’s quick tour of the Petersen’s supercar exhibit can be seen below. After watching, let me know what your favorite car in the exhibit is in the comments below or tweet to me at @MotorworldHype.