Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum where the public is invited to view ‘Town Cars: Arriving In Style’, on display through Sunday, October 19, 2014. This exhibit features the finest examples of these ultra-formal vehicles including Fred Astaire’s classically styled 1927 Rolls-Royce and the one-of-a-kind 1959 Scimitar by Brooks Stevens. More than mere ostentatious relics of a bygone era, town cars provide us with a counterpoint to today’s best luxury cars and perfectly define an era when arriving in style was the ultimate personal statement.
The name town car is closely associated with Lincoln Motor Company, but this was not always the case. From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, the term “town car” referred to a body style distinguished by an open chauffeur’s compartment and an enclosed passenger area. They were originally intended for city use on formal occasions and were almost always the most expensive body style offered by a manufacturer. The most well-known of these cars, the Lincoln Town Car, was a full-size luxury sedan sold by the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company from 1981 until 2011.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., year-round. Standard admission prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over), $10 for students with I.D., $5 for youth (ages 3-12), and FREE for children under 3, Museum members, and active military with I.D. Premium admission is also available. E-tickets can be purchased online and print right from your home at www.petersen.org. Museum parking is FREE for the first 30 minutes and then subject to a $10 flat rate thereafter. Johnny Rockets guests receive 1-hour validation and then are subject to an $8 flat rate. Purchase $50 or more at the Museum Store and receive FREE parking.
Now Through Sunday, October 19, 2014
TOWN CARS: ARRIVING IN STYLE
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036