For car lovers, Hollywood always find a way to draw us in a little deeper with unique vehicles acting as the perfect co-stars. Icons include Bullitt, Vanishing Point and American Graffiti, but who could forget the Porsche 928 from Risky Business, the Buick Roadmaster from Rain Man or the Chevy Camaro Z28 from Fast Times At Ridgemont High?
Science fiction movies and television shows help take automobiles to new heights, and to celebrate cars that we've come to love from the sci-fi genre, the Petersen Automotive Museum introduced its "Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy" exhibit earlier this year. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, there's good news: this exhibit has been extended until May 2020.
The exhibit displays more than 50 cars from over 40 sci-fi films making it the largest museum exhibition of sci-fi vehicles in the world. These vehicles span everything from popular movies and shows like Back To The Future, Iron Man and the James Bond movies to cult classics like Mad Max and Blade Runner. Batman lovers will appreciate this display as it features classic cars like the 1966 Batmobile and Jokermobile (both designed by George Barris), the Michael Keaton-era Batmobile and the Batpod motorcycle from the Christian Bale Batman movies.
One of the coolest cars on display is the 2016 Audi R8 shown above, which was featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. Looking like the Iron Man suit, this Audi appears in an "exploded view" showing a finer detail of the car's rear-mounted V10 engine. There are a handful of other production cars like the Lexus LC500 from Black Panther and Ford Taurus from the 2014 RoboCop remake, but most are from a designer's imagination like the Audi RSQ from I, Robot, 2054 Lexus Coupe from Minority Report and, of course, the Tron Light Cycle. In addition to the Hollywood vehicles, this exhibit also features artwork, props and costumes used in sci-fi movies.
Hollywood Dream Machines opened May 5, 2019 and it was originally set to end March 15, 2020, but now it has been extended by a couple of months.
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