11/14/2011 04:03 pm ET Updated Jan 14, 2012

Start Your Engines Slideshows - Los Angeles Magazine

On a recent visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum, we learned how the museum plans to spend a $100 million donation it received this spring (visitors should expect updates to its façade, interior, and parking garage plus the installation of a full research library) and scored a car collector's dream: a private tour of the Petersen's "vault." Here are just a few of the cars that revved us up