Petersen Supercars Exhibit

The exhibit will be at the museum through Oct. 16.

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A new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum features supercars past...
...and present. Pictured, Mercedes-McLaren SLR
Supercars: When Too Much Is Almost Enough is open through Oct. 16, 2011.
Visitors can get up close with the kind of cars that are worthy of posters, like this Lamborghini Miura.
The exhibit's elders, a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante (foreground) and a 1923 Mercedes Targa Florio. NBC Radio orchestra leader Don Ricardo acquired the rare Mercedes in 1986 and retained it until his death in 2001.
1954 Pegaso: This car was named after Pegasus, the mythical winged horse. Although a 0-60 time of 10.3 might not be impressive by modern standards, the car featured such advanced engineering as a 250 bhp V8 engine with an optional supercharger that pushed the car to more than 150 mph in the flying mile. Estimated price when new: $14,000.
1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica: Maybe the exhibit's most attractive car, this car was originally owned by Nelson A. Rockefeller. Price When New: $18,500.
Another look at the stunning coupe.
Leaping ahead a few years, the 1990 Ferrari F40 (left) and 1995 F50. Using Kevlar and carbon fiber, and a 478 bhp powerplant, the F40 achieves a frightening power-to-weight ratio. Price When New: $399,150
The F40's successor, the F50, was released in celebration of Ferrari's 50th anniversary. Price When New: $437,000
No supercar exhibit would be complete without the Lamborghini Countach (foreground). Countach is a word commonly used to express astonishment or appreciation. Price When New in 1985: $100,000
The De Tomaso Pantera (foreground) might not be the most celebrated car at the exhibit, but it has one of the best stories...
It was purchased as a used model by Elvis Presley for then-girlfriend Linda Thompson. There are two bullet holes in the steering wheel -- Presley put them there with his personal firearm after it wouldn't start.
A 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR flanked by a 2005 Maserati MC12 -- more than $1.2 million worth of supercars.
About 70 years separate these two Bugattis. The 2006 Veyron (left) produces 1,001 horsepower. Price When New: $1.26 million. The 57C Atalante sports some timeless bodywork.
The trademark grille of the 1939 Bugatti.
The Veyron retains the characteristic Bugatti grille.
Jonathan Lloyd
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III: A rare street version of the classic race car. Price When New: $18,500.
Look closely, and you can see the center-mounted steering wheel of the Bizzarrini, which could seat three across.
The unassuming Porsche 959 (foreground) was considered the most advanced road car of its time in 1988. Its all-wheel-drive system allowed the car to put down its considerable power (450 bhp), trading tire smoke for performance.
1989 Vector M12: It was built in the LA suburb of Wilmington, beginning in 1979. Operations were moved to Florida in the early 1990s. The car was originally owned by Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan of Brunei.
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