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“Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection,” which opened to the public on February 1, 2020, includes 10 custom automobiles from the rock star’s collection

LOS ANGELES (February 3, 2020) – The Petersen Automotive Museum debuted a new exhibit on February 1, 2020 which features 10 custom vehicles donated from rock star James Hetfield’s personal collection. Located in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery, “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” celebrates Hetfield’s creativity as a world-renowned artist through his built-from-scratch custom car collection and photos.

Key vehicles on display include the 1948 Jaguar “Black Pearl”; the 1934 Packard “Aquarius”; the 1953 Buick Skylark “Skyscraper”; the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr “VooDoo Priest”; the 1936 Auburn “Slow Burn”; the 1936 Ford “Iron Fist”; the 1937 Ford Coupe “Crimson Ghost”; and the 1932 Ford Roadster “Blackjack.” Along with the custom vehicles, the exhibit features images displaying the build process of each car and a video of Hetfield talking about the cars.

“Like his music, James Hetfield’s car collection is a reflection of his creativity as an artist,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Paying homage to classic silhouettes with a hint of disregard for convention, each car on display in ‘Reclaimed Rust’ tells a unique story. We are thrilled to present this collection in an exhibit of rock star proportion.”

The museum hosted an opening reception and media preview on January 30, 2020. The reception was highlighted by a ribbon cutting, a fireside chat with Hetfield and an auction featuring two signed, limited-edition ESP guitars.

“Reclaimed Rust,” sponsored by ESP Guitar Company, runs through October 2020. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit


About Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors and $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under age 4 are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit



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