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Los Angeles: Peterson Museum’s New Iconic Hollywood Rides Exhibit

Collection Includes ‘Moto-Terminator’ and Matrix Monocycle

A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum

Of all the machines motoring about the good earth, there’s something special about units that have been tweaked specifically for the big screen.  Maybe it’s the freedom that designers have with creating concepts, maybe it’s the way the beasties fit the aesthetic of their chosen character, inspiring thousands to head to the shops at Halloween and suit up for the occasion.

A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum

Regardless, it’s eye candy for all-around; and with the opening of the Peterson Museum’s new exhibit dedicated to pretty machines from Hollywood’s archives, we decided to give you a gander at what’s been under the spotlight since March 12. 

A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum

According to an article from Robb Report, the exhibition – located in the Omaze Hollywood Gallery on the museum’s third floor – showcases vehicles from all walks of the past century’s cinematography, with a special focus on cult faves such as Batman, MIB, Ghostbusters and The Great Gatsby. 

A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum

Take this ‘Moto-Terminator’ from the hit flick ‘Terminator: Salvation’ (2009), for instance. 

Built over the frame of a 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 S, it’s a real working machine that included the donor bike’s original tires and 1078cc, 90 bhp, L-twin engine – though ‘real working’ obviously excludes the comfort of your keester.

A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum

If you’re not into killer robot apocalypses, maybe you’d be more predisposed toward the neoteric, futuristic backscape of the Men in Black series where an Agent J (Will Smith) and a young Agent K (Josh Brolin) chase down Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) in ‘Men in Black 3’ (2012). 

Josh Brolin stars in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK 3.

Other offerings of the exhibit include the Batmobile from Michael Keaton’s ‘Batman’ (1989) and ‘Batman Returns’ (1992), as well as the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor christened the “Ecto-1” from the ‘Ghostbusters’ films, the iconic 1933 Auburn Speedster Replica used in ‘The Great Gatsby’ (2013) and the 1981 DeLorean Time Machine featured in the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy.

A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum

“We are excited to display what are genuinely some of the most iconic vehicles from Hollywood’s long and storied history of film and television series production,” Petersen’s executive director Terry L. Karges says in a statement.

“The unique collection is sure to appeal to fans of movies and television along with any automotive enthusiasts.”

A view of the machines that aren on display at the Peterson Museum

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*Media sourced from Robb Report and MIB Wiki*