When it comes to famous vault break-ins, Geraldo Rivera's unceremonious entrance into Al Capone's vault (via live broadcast) pretty much dominates the discussion. But not anymore. Now there's a vault with something of great value inside of it. The precious cargo? 150 of the most prestigious cars in automotive history at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.
Before opening to the public, you had to be an industry insider just to get in -- staff, a docent, a VIP ... or someone unauthorized with a key. Now the formerly private vault is open to the public until the year 2020 -- so if you happen to be booked through 2019, you still have a shot.
Inside a space the size of a football field, you'll find all types of cars and automotive paraphernalia belonging to world leaders, actors, rock stars, famous collectors and museum founder Robert E. Petersen. The underground space has everything from a Ferrari given to Henry Ford II by Enzo Ferrari to a Jaguar XKSS formerly owned by actor Steve McQueen. Other finds? Hot rods, muscle cars, exotics and motorcycles. Even a Popemobile. And let's not forget the Volkswagen Beetle Lindsay Lohan drove in 'Herbie Fully Loaded' (lower picture), presumably without getting too loaded.
If you're a car aficionado in need of a gear-head pit-stop on your summer vacation to Tinseltown, this vault's a must-see. You won't need Geraldo or explosives to get in -- just a natural curiosity for classic cars of the rich and famous. And $25 for ticket.
Exhibit Dates: Jan. 8, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2020
Tour Times: 11AM and 3PM (weekdays); 11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM (weekends and holidays)
Price: $25 ticket (not included with general admission to the museum)
Where To See It:
The Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Vault, Not-So-Private Anymore
Car lovers unite inside this formerly private vault to soak in the lore.