fbpx

Heavy Metal: A Look at James Hetfield’s Custom Car Collection at the Petersen


(Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum) (Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum)

Sad but true — most of us who love vintage cars don’t have the financial portfolio to actually own any. But rap and rock stars sure do, and Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s gorgeous collection puts him in good company. The Petersen Auto Museum’s newest exhibit, Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection offers fans of the singer — and classic cars in general — a chance to get up close to these glorious automobiles; the first time ever that all 10 of his customs will be on display including: a 1948 Jaguar “Black Pearl,” a 1934 Packard “Aquarius,” a 1953 Buick Skylark “Skyscraper,” a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr “VooDoo Priest,” and his 1936 Auburn “Slow Burn.” Complemented by some equally gleaming guitars, the show also features memorabilia and photos. Of course, for hardcore auto fans, it’s all about Hetfield’s hot wheels, and nothing else matters.

(Photos in slideshow from the exhibit’s opening night event courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum).

Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $16. petersen.org/hetfield