Hollywood, History and Heads of State are the themes for three displays of cars that opening soon at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. The cars will be coming from nearby Los Angeles, where most of the Petersen Automotive Museum will be closed during a massive renovation project.
“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,” John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, said in a news release.
“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,” added Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen. “The ‘Amazing Automobiles’ exhibit allows Reagan Library visitors to see several significant cars from the Petersen collection, and the Heads of States cars will be appropriately displayed near Air Force One.”
“Amazing Automobiles” is the overall name of the various displays.
The Head of State gallery will be on display from November 17 through October 2015 and will include:
- Pope John Paul II’s 1998 Cadillac Papal Parade Phaeton
- the 1942 Lincoln Limousine (ordered the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and used by Presidents Roosevelt and Truman)
- the 1938 Packard Super 8 Parade Phaeton used by Juan and Evita Peron, President and First Lady of Argentina
Running January 31 through May 1, 2015, the Historic Cars gallery will include:
- 1981 gold-plated DeLorean DMC-12
- 1952 Ferrari 212/215 Inter Spyder
- 1913 Mercer Raceabout
- 1939 Bugatti 57C Atalante
Being shown at the Reagan from October 28 through May 1 will be a Hollywood gallery including:
- 1956 XKSS owned by Steve McQueen (one of only 16 built)
- a 1971 DeTomaso Pantera owned by Elvis Presley (which still has the three bullet holes from when he shot the car)
- the Batmobile driven by Michael Keaton in “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1991)
- • a 1946 custom “Grease Lightning” Ford used by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in “Grease” (1978)
- • a 1966 Ford Thunderbird driven by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in “Thelma and Louise” (1991)
- • a 2001 custom Honda Roadster driven by Devon Aoki in “2 Fast, 2 Furious” (2003)
The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, although the facility is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
For additional information, visit the museum website.