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‘Hollywood Dream Machines’ featured in new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum

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The world’s best-known De Lorean will star in the upcoming Petersen exhibit, “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy.” Photos courtesy Petersen Museum.

Automobiles and other forms of transport have long played starring roles in silver screen (and television) science fiction and fantasy features. It’s fitting, then, that these “Hollywood Dream Machines” will form the basis of a new feature display at the Petersen Automotive Museum, described by executive director Terry Karges as “the biggest exhibit of our 25th anniversary.”

Blade Runner police car.

More than 40 vehicles are scheduled to be shown in Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which opens at the Los Angeles, California, museum on May 4 and runs through March 15, 2020. In addition to the static vehicles on display, visitors will be able to interact with a select few, including the time-traveling De Lorean from Back to the Future and the Warthog troop transporter from the Halo video game franchise, via Microsoft’s HoloLens virtual reality headset and programming.

The most unlikely of Sci-Fi stars — Tony Stark’s Ford Model A roadster from Iron Man.

A partial list of vehicles to be displayed includes the De Lorean time machine from Back to the Future; the light cycle from Tron: Legacy; the Durango 95 (probe 16) from A Clockwork Orange; the X-34 Landspeeder from Star Wars; the Main Force Patrol V-8 Interceptor from Mad Max: Fury Road; the Cadillac Cien concept, as seen in The Island; a pair of 2054 Lexus models from Minority Report; the GM Ultralight Concept, reimagined as a police cruiser in Demolition Man; the Skynet Moto-Terminator from Terminator Salvation; a 1966 Batmobile replica, along with the 1989 Batmobile and a Batpod from The Dark Knight; Deckard’s sedan, from Blade Runner; Tony Stark’s Ford Model A roadster from Iron Man; the Weyland RT01 Transport from Prometheus; a Ford Explorer filming replica from Jurassic Park; a Ford Mustang II King Cobra from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2; the Mach 5 prototype from Speed Racer; a replica of the Alligator Corvette from Death Race 2000; Black Beauty from The Green Hornet television series; and a Jaguar XKR with a minigun and missiles from the James Bond feature Die Another Day.

A replica of the Alligator Corvette from Death Race 2000.

The exhibit, staged in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, will also feature props, design displays, drawings, and vehicles and models from other feature films and television series, including Artificial Intelligence (2001); Black Panther (2018); Blade Runner 2049 (2017); Ghost in the Shell (2017); The Hunger Games (2012); I, Robot (2004); Knight Rider (1980s television); The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1960s television); RoboCop (1987 and the 2014 remake); and Transformers (including the 2007 film and 2018’s Bumblebee).

The Weyland RT01 Transport from Prometheus.

Speaking on the scope of the exhibit, Karges said,

With more than 40 vehicles from the silver screen spread across the museum, the exhibit is an ode to the industry that Los Angeles was built upon. We can’t wait to explore the fantasy and fictional concepts behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

The exhibit is presented in cooperation with the Comic Con Museum, Audi, and Microsoft. For additional information, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit