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“Why, this car is auto-matic. It’s system-matic. It’s hyyyyydro-matic. Why, it’s greased lightning!” - Danny Zuko, “Grease”

Whether it’s the 1913 Mercer Raceabout, long considered the first race car or the car Danny Zuko races in “Grease,” cars play a memorable role in history. And now these cars are all on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum as part of the new “Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit.” The exhibit is in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum to showcase some of The Petersen’s most stunning and memorable cars at the Reagan Library while The Petersen is closed to the public for renovation. Most of these cars come from The Petersen’s vault and are not seen by regular museum-goers.

“This partnership with The Petersen Museum is a wonderful way to showcase their extraordinary collection in Ventura County while their museum is closed for renovation,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “Whether you’re an enthusiast of the movies, history or just beautiful cars, this exhibit is a must-see.”

“This is a fairly rare collaboration between two world-class museums,” said Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. "The ‘Amazing Automobiles’ exhibit allows Reagan Library visitors to see several significant cars from the Petersen collection.”

In the Hollywood Gallery, cars used in television and movies, as well as owned by celebrities, are on display including:

  • 1956 XKSS owned by Steve McQueen (one of only sixteen built)
  • Batmobile driven by Michael Keaton in “Batman” (1989) and “Batman
    Returns” (1991)
  • 1946 custom Ford used by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in
    “Grease” (1978)

In the Historic Cars Gallery, rare, iconic and historic cars are on display, including:

  • 1981 Gold-Plated DeLorean DMC-12
  • 1952 Ferrari 212/215 Inter Spyder
  • 1913 Mercer Raceabout
  • 1939 Bugatti 57C Atalante


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