Most Badass Fords from Petersen’s ‘Hollywood Dream Machines’ Exhibit

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1973 Ford Falcon XB at the Petersen

Ford fans will find plenty to love at new L.A. exhibit that runs through March 2020.

Ford has had a presence in TV and film for as long as they’ve been around, like the Taurus police cars from Robocop, the Country Squire from The Brady Bunch, and the green Mustang from Bullitt. Every time a Ford hits the screen, we’re all over it.

Thus, our hearts were sent racing when we looked at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit, Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy. From now through March 2020, you’ll be able to check out over 50 vehicles from over 20 films and TV shows, including quite a few Fords. Here are our favorites from the exhibit.

SJ-7 Peacekeeper: The Hunger Games

Ford L8000 SJ-7 Peacekeeper at the Petersen

Most moviegoers will remember The Hunger Games trilogy mainly for Jennifer Lawrence. But she wasn’t the only Louisville, Kentucky, native in the film. Under the exterior of the SJ-7 Peacekeeper Assault Transport armored personnel carrier is the bones of a Ford L8000, a truck built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from 1970 through 1998. The big truck was part of the L-Series of commercial heavy-duty trucks, which were used for everything from dump trucks to small tankers.

Ford Explorer XLTs: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park 1992 Ford Explorer

In 1990, Ford gave families a new SUV to haul families and groceries around, dubbed the Explorer. In the same year, Michael Crichton was given a ton of money from Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg for a novel he had yet to publish, dubbed Jurassic Park. A couple of years later, the two entities would come together for the first film of the franchise when Ford provided seven Explorer XLTs to serve as the iconic tour vehicles of the infamous dinosaur theme park. Today, there are tons of replicas of the Explorer, all thanks to being at the right place at the right time (T-rexes aside).


1973 Falcon XB GT: Mad Max: Fury Road

1973 Ford Falcon XB at the Petersen

Behold the last of the V8 Interceptors, the iconic 1973 Falcon XB GT from the Mad Max franchise. This one is from the most recent entry, 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, and it didn’t last very long in the film. But no one can deny that this machine is an integral part of the mythos behind the man simply known as Max.


1932 Ford Roadster: Iron Man

Tony Stark's 1932 Ford Flathead Roadster

Tony Stark has all of the cool toys; he’s a billionaire, after all. Thus, it should come as no surprise that he has some cool cars, too, like this 1932 Ford roadster with a flathead V8 from the first two Iron Man films. The car influenced the look of Stark’s famous suit of high-tech armor in the first film, and brought him closer to his late father during the second film. Thankfully, Thanos didn’t snap this one out of existence so all of us can enjoy this amazing ride.


1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra

A few decades before Stark became Iron Man, Ego the Living Planet was driving this 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra in the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. The Mustang II kept the pony car alive during the disco days of the mid- to late Seventies, and was a welcome sight for fans who saw the first-gen pony grow into a Clydesdale by the time the downsized car was given the green light.


 The Jokermobile from Batman

Jokermobile at the Petersen

This color-blocked monstrosity was originally piloted by Elvis before the keys were thrown to The Joker. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Jokermobile from the Batman TV series, one of the biggest campfests ever shown on the small screen.

Ford Truck Enthusiasts at Petersen Automotive Museum

The 1927 Model T was transformed by George Barris into the Mongrel T, which was used in Elvis’s 1967 film Easy Come, Easy Go before heading off to Gotham to help the infamous Joker win a surfing contest.

Ford Truck Enthusiasts at Petersen Automotive Museum

Batmobile from Batman

1966 Batmobile (Replica)

And right there to rain on The Joker’s parade was none other than Batman and Robin in their Batmobile. This version was the first of its kind as far as TV and film go, built by Barris from the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Only the concept car was seen on TV and the 1966 film Batman: The Movie, but Barris built four more to send out to state fairs and car shows around the country.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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