Petersen Automotive Museum Will Feature 10 Custom Cars From James Hetfield’s Collection

James Hetfield car collection at Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum will debut a new exhibit featuring vehicles from James Hetfield’s car collection. Dubbed ‘Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection,’ the display opens February 1.

The museum says the exhibit will celebrate James Hetfield’s creativity as an artist through his built-from-scratch custom car collection. Guitars, photos, and memorabilia will also be on display at the exhibit.

Some of the vehicles on display include a 1948 Jaguar ‘Black Pearl’, the 1934 Packard ‘Aquarius,’ the 1953 Buick Skylark ‘Skyscraper,’ the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr ‘VooDoo Priest,’ and the 1936 Auburn ‘Slow Burn.’

Other vehicles included are a 1936 Ford ‘Iron Fist,’ the 1937 Ford Coupe ‘Crimson Ghost,’ and the 1932 Ford Roadster ‘Black Jack.’

Alongside the custom vehicles, an ESP Hollow Body guitar and a Mesa amplifier painted to match the Buick Skylark will be on display.

As part of the exhibit, pictures display the build process of each car at various stages. A short presentation of James Hetfield talking about each of the vehicles is part of the exhibit. PAM Executive Director Terry Karges is thrilled about the new exhibit for the public.

“This is the first time the James Hetfield car collection will be showcased to the public, and we can’t wait to share the inspiration behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world,” Karges stated in the press release.

The Metallica frontman is a lifelong car enthusiast and says his collection is a form of expression. The museum will offer a ticketed opening reception on January 30. That reception includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new exhibit and a fireside chat with James Hetfield. The museum is also auctioning off two limited-edition ESP guitars in celebration of the exhibit.

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The ‘Reclaimed Rust’ exhibit is sponsored by the ESP Guitar Company and will run through October 2020. Tickets can be purchased online.

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