A rather unassuming exterior, belying all the incredible machines within.
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Many of the lovelies in the main section of the museum.
One of my favorites of all time, the BMW M1. The entrance is next to the Ferraris, but I was drawn to this like a magnet.
Not very lavish for a high-end sports car, but certainly functional. I dig the dog-leg first gear.
Big tires plus a super-wide flat-12 engine results in this. Wide then, and about as wide as the modern big Ferraris. So cool.
Under the hood is a massive 7.0-liter V8 with over 400 hp.
More cars should so gloriously show off their engines.
Keeping the weight as low as possible, the interior is nicely spartan.
Compare that to the 195 S race car's interior, 41 years older.
Along two of the walls (and on several) are a bevy of race cars. The middle one is Mario Andretti's 1993 IndyCar.
Nice horse. The real stars here are Michael Schumacher's 1996 Ferrari and Ayrton Senna's 1988 Honda.
This was the first Ferrari race car to use a V10.
The interior was still no-nonsense race-car-for-the-street.
Ah the DeLorean. The first car to break my heart. I wanted one so bad (I mean look at it!). But as I learned more about cars, I understood that underneath it's a bit meh.
Those doors though...
Serious Pony car muscle. A 1969 Mach 1, next to '68 and '67 GT350s.
The story here is the red GT350 which was a "little old lady's" daily driver for 24 years. She wasn't from Pasadena, but she did more to Southern California with this car.
Around the corner in the small annex to the main museum room are these two Mach 1s, a 1970 on the left and a 1971 on the right. Peeking out from behind are two Bentleys, a Turbo RL from 1994 and a 2002 Azure.
The annex is largely more racers, of the smaller variety. There are a few more cars on the platform above, but these were too hard to photograph due to the angle and the lighting.
No car museum is complete without the legendary 300 SL. Still a beauty more than six decades later.
I think plaid seats should make a comeback. Just me? Hello? Anyone?
The first production car with fuel injection, the 300 SL's system was famously mechanical. Since there was no fuel cutoff, some fuel would enter the cylinders after you turned off the car, but before the engine stopped moving. This would dilute the oil. Oil changes were a recommended every 1,000 miles. Small price to pay for such a car though.
Ah the Countach. The ultimate angular masterpiece. Too bad this 1989 Anniversary Edition still has its ugly bumpers. Such it was in its day, though.
The 81-inch/205.7-centimeter(!) wide chassis was necessary to hold the V16, which was actually two transverse V8s mounted facing each other with the transmission in between (sort of like a "T").
This custom GMC Sierra was given to Oscar de la Hoya after he won the gold medal for boxing. It has some incredible artwork of the man himself on the hood, bespoke trim pieces, suicide doors and...
...a 24-karat gold sound system in the bed.
A '74 Maserati Bora. This one has the 4.9L V8, but lacks the US-spec bumper nubbins. To be fair, I'd have taken them off too.
One of the museums subtle surprises, a 1981 Ferrari BB 512i, none of which were ever sold (offically) in the US.
A XJ220 is rare enough, but this example is even rarer. It's 1 of 5 XJ220-S models. 3.3 seconds to 60 thanks to carbon-fiber bodywork, stripped-out interior and a 690 hp twin-turbo V6.
A '73 GTS and a '72 GT.
Though the Espada looks epically wide and long, it isn't compared to many cars today. It's shorter and narrower than an Aston Rapide or Porsche Panamera, for example.
There is just something so cool about deeply recessed binnacled gauges and big manual switches.
Reminds me of a second-generation Honda CRX, with this tinted mini-window on the back of the trunk.
Even more rare than the Espada, the Jarama shared its engine but in a smaller car. Only 328 were made, 250 of them were the 365 hp GTS like this one.
Still gorgeous and totally iconic. How many other cars from 1996 could say that?
I'm not a huge Corvette fan, but Chevy really nailed the C7. What an awesome looking car. This Z06 has been modified a bit (look at those wheel arches!).
And sadly, this is the end of our tour of the Marconi and these amazing cars. For the full story, check out The rare and gorgeous sports cars of the Marconi Automotive Museum.