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Petersen Museum hosts Japanese car exhibition

Petersen Museum hosts Japanese car exhibition Classic and Performance Car

The rise of the Japanese car industry is one of the all-time great automotive stories, and it is also the subject of the Petersen Museum’s next big exhibition

The gestation of the Japanese motor industry up until its rise to dominance in the 1970s is one subject of a new two-part exhibition at the Petersen Museum in California. Open now, The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking charts the ‘key elements of Japanese design philosophy’ prior to its explosion in sales. 
‘Monozukuri’ means the art, science and craft of making things and will celebrate the innovation that laid the foundations for the success that was to follow. Located in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery and presented by Rolex, many of the cars it will feature are being specially shipped from Japan, including a 1936 Toyoda AA replica (right), a 1966 Nissan Silvia, a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, a 1968 Honda N600 and a 1969 Mazda Cosmo.
The other part of the double-header – Fine Tuning: Japanese-American Customs – will delve into the burgeoning Japanese car customising industry in both its home market and the United States. Exhibits will include a 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX ‘Kenmeri’, a 1991 Toyota Cresta ‘Kaido’ racer, a 1998 Honda Civic hatchback drag racer and a 1974 Mazda RX-3.  
Both exhibitions will run until April 2019. Find out more at www.petersen.org/the-roots-of-monozukuri

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