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If you were alarmed when the Petersen Automotive Museum starting selling off large and significant parts of its venerable collection, fret not: the museum isn't in trouble. In fact it's about to embark on what could be its most ambitious rebirth since the late Motor Trend publisher Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie founded the museum nearly 20 years ago.

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As a jaded automotive journalist, exposed to some of the world's finest automotive machinery on a regular basis, it takes something extraordinary to raise my pulse. Yet here I was, standing in the chilly underground vault of the famed Petersen Automotive Museum, and I was getting choked up.

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One of the greatest automotive museums in the world is celebrating its 15th birthday this year. The Petersen Automotive Museum was founded in 1994 and instantly became pilgrimage for car lovers of all ages. Right in the heart of Los Angeles, it proudly took its spot among the dozens of museums, architectural masterpieces and cultural attractions along the city's Miracle Mile.

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The Petersen Automotive Museum in LA, California, is launching a new Alternative Power Exhibit that will highlight some of the most interesting alt-fuel vehicles created since the beginning of the automobile. Cars that run (ran?) on hydrogen fuel cells, steam, electricity and even wood and coal will be included. Another star is sure to be the Chrysler Turbine Car from 1963.

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Click the image for a small high-res gallery of this "Round Door" Rolls

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If you're looking for a gift for that hard-to-shop-for car buff, or just want to treat yourself to a silly conversation starter for your office wall, the Petersen Automotive Museum may be able to help you out. Best part: it'll only run you ten bucks.

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