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AUTOLINE IN LA: Safecracking

May 6th, 2008 at 2:24pm

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Dick Messer is the curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. He looks after an impressive collection of more than 150 historic cars, trucks and motorcycles. It’s a remarkable museum that’s known all over the world, but there’s more to it than meets the eye because the Petersen has many cars that aren’t publicly displayed. They hide them away in a place they call “The Vault.” After taping one of our programs for Autoline in LA in the museum with the PR chiefs from Honda, Hyundai, Mazda and Toyota, Dick was kind enough to give us a tour. Autoline got a behind-the-scenes look at what’s locked inside, but we can’t show you everything we saw — some of it is top secret.

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