The World’s Greatest Sports Coupes Exhibit Makes Petersen Museum Debut

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Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Petersen Automotive Museum

When “The World’s Greatest Sports Coupes” exhibit made its grand debut at the Petersen Museum on Wednesday night, Hollywood’s hautest car aficionados came driving over at top speed.

For its newest exhibit,  the Petersen Automotive Museum invited twelve celebrities—ranging from rock ‘n roll legends, critically acclaimed film directors, actors and world renown car collectors—to guest curate one sports coupe each. The exhibit, which is now open, showcases some of the most beautiful sports coupes known to man.

Those on hand to check out the debut were car lovers such as Jay Leno, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Carrolla and Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum. 

Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Petersen Automotive Museum
Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Petersen Automotive Museum

From Wednesday through October 18, 2014, auto enthusiasts can expect to see guest curators such as Patrick Dempsey, Francis Ford Coppola and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, iconic coupes such as the Jaguar E-Type to the Corvette Stingray and the Acura NSX and short video pieces featuring each guest curator and their personal relationship with the car that they have chosen.

The exhibit was made possible by Jaguar in celebration of the launch of new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe.

The full list of selected sports coupes and their celebrity curators are as follows:

  • 1948 Jaguar Custom “Black Pearl” chosen by Metallica’s James Hetfield
  • 1954 Plymouth Explorer Concept chosen by film director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing chosen by world renowned car collector, Bruce Meyer
  • 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Zagato chosen by Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum
  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO chosen by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason
  • 1963 Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso chosen by comedian and TV host, Adam Carolla
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray chosen by Top Gear USA hosts: Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood
  • 1964 Porsche 356SC chosen by actor and race car driver, Patrick Dempsey
  • 1967 Jaguar E-Type chosen by American racer and team owner, Bobby Rahal
  • 1968 Ford GT40 Mark III chosen by Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Disney, John Lasseter
  • 1974 Iso Grifo chosen by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson
  • 1991 Acura NSX chosen by Motor Trend Magazine’s Angus MacKenzie

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