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Movie cars, hot rods, and more at the London Motor Museum

Check out Ferraris, Jaguars, McLarens, movie cars and more at the London Motor Museum.

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Geoffrey Morrison
Geoffrey Morrison is a writer/photographer about tech and travel for CNET, The New York Times, and other web and print publications. He's also the Editor-at-Large for The Wirecutter. He has written for Sound&Vision magazine, Home Theater magazine, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Home Entertainment magazine. He is NIST and ISF trained, and has a degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College. His bestselling novel, Undersea, and its sequel, Undersea Atrophia, are available in paperback and digitally on Amazon. He spends most of the year as a digital nomad, living and working while traveling around the world. You can follow his travels at BaldNomad.com and on his YouTube channel.
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London Motor Museum

The London Motor Museum is near Heathrow airport and houses over 200 cars, ranging from classics to customs.

For the full story behind the tour, check out The weird and wild cars of the London Motor Museum.

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Lancia

You've got to hand it to the Italians, they know how to make a beautiful car. Even in brown, this Fulvia stuns.

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Fulvia on the inside

Simple and stylish. Love the round pedals.

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356

The car that put Porsche on the map is still beautiful now, though the 1.5 L engine and 59 horsepower are certainly of a different era.

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ETV

The first of many custom vehicles at the museum is the ETV or Extra Terrestrial Vehicle. Built in 2008 by Mike Vetter.

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Rear window

Not much rear visibility. The ETV is powered by a 2.2L GM EcoTech.

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Tractors

That's a Porsche tractor on the left, and a Lambo tractor next to it. Probably slower than their car cousins.

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Those doors

Speaking of Lambo. If you're of a certain age, you had a poster of this car, probably in this color, somewhere on your wall.

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Ferrari

The last of the Testarossas, the F512 M.

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F1

This is the Lotus E21 driven by Esteban Gutiérrez at the 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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F1 (the other kind)

A lightly modified McLaren F1.

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Shark

The AG Shark Concept by AG Excalibur, based on a 2006 BMW 645i.

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Unique customs

Though not as flashy as some of the cars you'll see later, this group has some pretty cool mods.

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Bosozoku

The Japanese bosozoku style of mods: slightly oversize parts on tony cars.

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Cannonball

Maserati Biturbos used in the 2014 Cannonball GT Rally.

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Datsun

A lightly modified 280Z. I saw some originals at the Toyota Automobile Museum.

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Mod Ferrari

The engine peeking through the roof is actually the least of this 412's mods.

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Pickup?

Bet you never thought you'd see a Ferrari pickup truck.

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Slushbox

And it's an automatic! Blasphemy.

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Movie cars

A myriad of movie cars. Lightning McQueen in the middle there started life as a 1994 Mitsubishi FTO.

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Mr Bean

Mr. Bean's Mini, complete with roof-armchair.

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The love bug

Herbie! He didn't seem too happy, tucked away in a corner.

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Potter's ride

A 1967 Ford Anglia 105E that Arthur Weasley did not give the gift of flight.

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KITT

Even though underneath is just a horrible Trans Am, I'd still totally drive one. Cylon light bar required, of course.

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No sign of Michel Knight

I couldn't reach the Turbo Boost button

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Starsky

Starsky's Striped Tomato, a 1974 Gran Torino.

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Angles

One of my favorite cars of all time, the Lotus Esprit. Fun fact: All Lotus Esprits can turn into submarines.

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Miami

Though most people remember the Testarossa, the early seasons of "Miami Vice" had Sonny driving one of these, a 1974 Ferrari Daytona.

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GT500

An immaculate Shelby GT500, better known as Eleanor from the "Gone in 60 Seconds" remake.

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Batman! The description on the wall is amusingly fictional. It claims the Batmobile from the 1989 movie could do 330 mph.

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Best Batmobile

Sure, the Tumbler from Batman Begins is amazing, but as far as Batmobiles go, my vote is for this one.

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Not McCormick's car

I got all excited because I thought this was a Coyote X. Turns out it's an actual McLaren M6 GT. That's cool too I guess.

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GT40

The legendary lines of Ford's GT40.

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Lincoln

Flat sides and immense size, the 1965 Continental still looks incredible.

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A... Pinto?

This is just to prove that people will do crazy things to just about any car, including a Pinto.

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"Tron"-inspired

A concept built off a 1998 Peterbilt inspired by Transformers and "Tron."

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Evo V

I got a chance to ride in one of these last summer, a rare treat for an American. They're bonkers fast.

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SV-1

I'd never seen one of these in person, a pristine Bricklin SV-1.

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Fiberglass

Fiberglass, gull-wing doors, and V8 engine all were sports-car-esque.

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Almost original

The interior is in great shape. I think it's original, or at least it looks refurbished. The steering wheel, however, is not.

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Mustang and more

Lots of Mustangs in this museum, which is odd since they weren't officially sold here until recently.

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Genesis

A fairly simple BMW wagon, but one owned by Phil Collins himself.

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Almera

Maybe the hood-scoop is a bit much, but overall I think this Almera has been quite improved with its body kit.

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Studebakers

Dropped, Chopped, and Raised Studebakers.

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Jeep Low Rider

Pretty sure this took an off-road performance penalty during its transformation.

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Cruise

It's easy to forget how truly massive the big cars from the '70s were.

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Shiny

The immaculate engine bay that only show cars have.

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Caddies

Even more Land Yachts in many colors, juxtaposed against tiny Fiats.

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Fiats

The 500 could easily fit inside the passenger cabin of some of the big cars here.

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Jag

One of the classic British cars, though I'm not sure the wheel choice fits here.

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Americana

Classic 1950s and '60s Detroit Steel...and a Cobra.

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So many classics

Corvette, Cobra, and Thunderbird, all in a row. That's some solid placement.

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Finish line

So ends our tour. For the full story, read about everything I saw at the London Motor Museum.

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