The Misfits of Motordom

Scott Benjamin

A 1959 Edsel Ranger (AP Photo/Ford Motor Co.)

Like most other automotive enthusiasts, I love car museums. Of course, the more cars the better, but it doesn't really matter to me if there are hundreds of cars on display or just a few. I've also found that it doesn't really matter what kind of vehicles are on display -- I just really enjoy being around all of that automotive history. And maybe that's why I find this exhibit so intriguing...

This particular exhibit has been open for nearly three months, but you've still got about four months left to get to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., to see the "What Were They Thinking? The Misfits of Motordom" exhibit.

According to the Petersen Museum web page, The Misfits of Motordom exhibit, "showcases how innovators throughout automotive history have sought to overcome automobile design and engineering challenges with the application of "out of the box" thinking." The exhibit is being touted as a collection of "automotive oddities from around the globe," a place "where an Edsel is the 'normal' car."

Automotive oddities? Awesome. I'm already reaching for my wallet! So, if you're going to be in Los Angeles between now and late September, this exhibit might be a good way to spend an afternoon. And while you're there, you can take in some of the permanent exhibits at the Petersen Automotive Museum, too.

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