Can You Identify These Cars You'd Find in the Petersen Car Museum?

Kennita Leon

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About This Quiz

If you think museums only house art, then think again. Chances are your love for all things automotive has led you here, or that you've heard about the Petersen Automotive Museum. If you haven't, this work of art was founded in 1994 by a man named Robert Petersen. It has 25 displays which house over a hundred cars. And guess what? You're about to name some of them for us today.

The Petersen Automotive Museum doesn't just have a hundred cars, it has a hundred more locked up in its vaults which are found in the basement of the large and expensive building. These galleries are specialized, with some being dedicated to racing, custom cars, motorcycles and even the history and evolution of vehicles, especially in California. 

With all the Porches, Jaguars, Ferraris and even the Batmobile on display at this place, only those who consider themselves real auto lovers will be able to succeed at this quiz. Do you think you've got what it takes to name some of the cars that are currently on display or have been on display at this car museum? The only way to find out is to take this quiz. So rev up and let's started. 

Can you name this car?

One of Porsche's most historical makes, the 1939 Porsche 64 was a sports car built with a streamlined aluminum body under the direct supervision of Ferdinand Porsche.

Which Petersen museum collectible is this?

Showcased at the 1967 New York Motor Show, the 1967 Ford GT40 MKIII has been featured in both High-Performance Car and Car & Driver magazines.

Which car is this?

Manufactured and sold by Ferrari of Italy between 1975 and 1985, the Ferrari 308 GTS Targa is a V8 mid-engined sports car.

Do you have an idea as to which car this is?

Making its first appearance in the 1968 film, The Love Bug, the NASCAR Herbie is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. In his movies, he is alive and able to drive on his own.

Match the name to this car found in the Petersen museum.

Best known for its appearance which has been deemed by many as ugly, the Pontiac Aztek is a crossover SUV featured in the Breaking Bad television show.

What's the name of this vehicle?

Used to film the comedy-drama, "Little Miss Sunshine," the VW Bus was a bright yellow, sunshiny Volkswagen T2 Microbus.

Please name this car.

This famous all-black car was designed and named after the superhero, Batman. The Batmobile was a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car.

Can you name this vehicle which sits at the Petersen museum?

A movie star, Lightning McQueen plays the role of the fictional character of the same name in the Pixar movie "Cars" and its two sequels.

What is the vehicle in this image?

Designed and named by Kiichiro Toyoda, the 1936 Toyoda AA Replica served as Toyota's entry into the car business. The name was later changed to Toyota to hide the car's relation to the Toyoda family.

Which Petersen member is this?

Suzuki Suzulight SFs were produced in 1955 when Suzuki decided to shift from motorcycles to cars. The production of Suzulights ceased in 1969.

Identify this vehicle.

The predecessor to the Datsun 240Z, the 1966 Nissan Silvia CSP311 was a sports coupe built by hand to meet customers' requirements.

Which model is this?

A star of the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice," the 1967 Toyota 2000GT MF10 was hand built and competed against the best European cars.

Can you tell us the name of the vehicle in this image?

Built using a two-rotor Wankel engine, the 1969 Mazda Combo Sport 110s, produced a power of 110hp.

Do you know the name of this vehicle?

The Toyota Cresta was a rear-wheel-drive sedan built using the same chassis as the Mark II and Cressida also sold by Toyota.

Name this Petersen museum car.

First introduced in 1971, the Mazda RX3 was initially called the Mazda Savannah. The RX3 nameplate was used on international markets.

Can you name this car?

Preceded by the W194, the 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 was a Formula One car which won a total of nine races during the F1 season.

Which Petersen museum collectible is this?

Designed by Pete Brock, the 1959 Stingray was a concept car. The design as used for the second-generation Corvette Stingray

Which car is this?

The holder of the Guinness World Record for "world's fastest production car," the McLaren F1 was originally just a concept until it was produced due to the conviction of its designer George Murray.

Do you have an idea as to which car this is?

Produced in 1932 as Model 18, the 1932 Ford Hot Rods were the first to be fitted with a flat-head V8 engine. The Hot Rods were offered with standard and deluxe trims.

Match the name to this car found in the Petersen museum.

Designed and developed specifically for the 1968 Can-Am Season, the McLaren M8A was the creation of Bruce McLaren.

What's the name of this vehicle?

One of Bugatti's most iconic cars, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe was a variant of the Bugatti Type 57 with a lowered compressor. Jean Bugatti designed the vehicle.

Please name this car.

A concept car, the 1954 Plymouth Explorer was a coupe designed by Luigi Segre. The car was built by Carrozierra Ghia.

Can you name this vehicle which sits at the Petersen museum?

A one-of-a-kind original, the Hirohata Mercury Coupe was initially an ordinary 1951 Mercury Coupe which was modified to suit its owner, Masato Hirohata.

What is the vehicle in this image?

Designed to compete in the Le Mans and World Sports Car Championship races, the 1957 Ferrari Testarossa was one of the best race cars during its time.

Which Petersen member is this?

The most expensive Duesenberg to exist, the 1930-1933 Duesenberg SJ Arlington Torpedo Sedan is the most famous car built by the Rollston Body Company.

Identify this vehicle.

Designed by Guiseppi Figoni and Falachi, the 1939 Delahaye Type 165 was built with a 12-cylinder engine for the 1937 Paris Salon.

Which model is this?

The 1961 International Scout 60 was used by many Americans during its era as a daily vehicle. It was a two-wheel drive car.

Can you tell us the name of the vehicle in this image?

Cadzilla is a 1996 prototype hot rod designed based on the Cadillac 62 series of 1948. The design was also inspired by the 1950 Kustom Kulture.

Do you know the name of this vehicle?

The BMW Art Car painted by American painter, Alexander Calder, was the first of a BMW Art Car Project introduced by Herve Poulain.

Name this Petersen museum car.

Painted in British racing green and nicknamed "Green Rat" by owner Steve McQueen, this personalized 1956 Jaguar XKSS paraded in the Allure of Automobile exhibit.

Can you name this car?

A variant of the Mercer 35, the 1913 Mercer Type 35-J was built on a wheelbase of 108 inches and was a two-person Raceabout.

Which Petersen museum collectible is this?

Built by De Dion and Bouton in 1913, the 1913 De Dion Bouton Type DX featured a 1642cc four-cylinder engine.

Which car is this?

The survivor of the only two Pedrosos built, the 1927 Pedroso was allegedly created by the Marquis de Pedroso.

Do you have an idea as to which car this is?

Introduced in 1929, the Dupont Speedster or Model G Speedster competed against the likes of Duesenberg and Packard. It was entered into Grand Prix d'Endurance at Le Mans.

Match the name to this car found in the Petersen museum.

A special variant of Porsche's "pre-A" 256, the Porsche Continental was built during the 1950s and was targeted at the North American market.

What's the name of this vehicle?

Built with a power of 47hp, the Fiat Shellette was designed based on the Fiat 350. Its intended purpose is to transport cruisers at various docks and was built to be stored on yachts.

Please name this car.

A uniquely designed race car, the Speed Racer Mach 5 was designed and created by Pops Racer and appears in the anime series Mach 5.

Can you name this vehicle which sits at the Petersen museum?

Known to its manufacturer as the Porsche Type 64, the Berlin-Rome Type 64 was built in 1938 for the Berlin-Rome race. The race was canceled in 1938 and again in 1939 as a result of conflicts headed by Adolf Hitler.

What is the vehicle in this image?

Preceded by the Porsche 962, the Porsche 1997 911 GT1 was designed for competing in the Le Mans GT1 sports car races.

Which Petersen member is this?

Deemed one of Porsche's least desirable cars, the Porsche 928 became popular when movie star, Tom Cruise, drove it in the film "Risky Business."

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