Petersen Auto Museum to Host Fiberglass Car Tour

Mar 16, 2010

The Petersen Automotive Museum, located in Los Angeles, will host a Curator’s Tour on Tuesday, March 23, on its latest exhibit “Fantasies of Fiberglass.”

Museum Curator Leslie Kendall will give an in-depth tour of a display of iconic fiberglass customs and production cars from the past 50 years.

Invented in the 1930s, fiberglass was first used as heat insulation before automobile enthusiasts came to recognize its potential as a material for car bodies and other components, according to the Museum.

Although early experimentation by major auto manufacturers revealed that fiberglass was poorly suited to high-volume production, enterprising fabricators appreciated its strength and light weight and found it easy to mold by hand into shapes that would have been all but impossible to create in metal, said the Museum.

From Corvettes to dune buggies, these fiberglass creations will be a part of the exhibit, which opened at the Museum in February.

The tour will take place at 7:30 pm in the Gordon R. Howard Gallery. For more information regarding the tour, call (323) 964-6347 or visit www.petersen.org.