The Top Auto Museums

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California used to be a department store building on Wilshire Boulevard, but it’s huge enough to display 200 historic vehicles at a time. The cars set up in a diorama-like display with specific period details; from customized 1950s hot rods to the Tim Burton movie Batmobile, and even vintage motorcycles.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany is a treasure house of the most prominent car models ever manufactured by the high-end German carmaker. From the 1888 horseless carriage of Gottlieb Daimler, to the 1950s red 300sl Gullwing, to quirky cars like the “Popemobile”, up to a futuristic-looking Formula 1 Mercedes-McLaren racer; the Mercedes cars are showcased in a timeline format.

In Brescia, Italy; the Mille Miglia Museum is an automobile museum sheltered inside an 11th- century monastery. Fine, vintage, Italian cars like the 1937 Lancia Aprilia (looking like an older Beetle) are displayed here. A complete section is reserved for Enzo Ferrari’s sexy exotic cars and racing machines.

The Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo, Japan is a combination theme park-showroom that features Toyota’s pride of vehicles, including car models that are not available outside Japan like the $125,000 Century V12 luxury sedan. The showroom’s History Garage features everything from an ’81 silver finish DeLorean DMC 12, to a white ’59 Eldorado convertible.

The Henry Ford Museum in Deerfield Village, Michigan is a 12-acre museum beside the Ford Headquarters. Featuring the 1909 Model T, the Edsel, the 1948 Tucker sedan ( the car with three headlights, one in the hood) and even the Lincoln limousine John F. Kennedy was riding when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, the Ford Museum is a proud haven showcasing historic American-made cars from the last century.

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