Bonhams Teams with Mattel to bring Cars to Fans of All Ages at the Petersen Automotive Museum on November 11-12

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WHAT: Vroom. Vroom. As Southern California prepares for the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mattel, Bonhams and the Petersen Automotive Museum announce two special events showcasing collectable cars for the young and young at heart. Nov. 11-12, fans of cars both big and small – from celebrity owned cars and motorcycles to 1:55 scale die-cast vehicles inspired by the Disney*Pixar film “Cars” – can kick their love for all things “cars” into high gear with a preview of these special events.

International auction house Bonhams, the world’s leading auctioneers of motorcycles, will also host a preview on Nov. 11 of the celebrity cars and motorcycles that will go up for auction at the upcoming Classic California Sale on Nov. 12. Highlights include the classic 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom ridden by The Fonz in the hit series Happy Days and once owned by legend Bud Ekins to the more modern Ex-Tom Cruise 2004 Lexus Concept Car from the film Minority Report. Adding to the high-speed fun; hand-built plastic prototypes of never produced in die-cast Disney*Pixar Cars characters Albert Hinkey “Buffet Master”, Doug “R.M.”, and Clayton Gentlebreeze; displayed alongside die-cast racers in a Piston Cup Race scene, will be offered from Mattel. Proceeds to benefit the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus Program, which provides free transportation to the Petersen Automotive Museum for schools in underserved communities.

In celebration of their Disney*Pixar Cars die-cast vehicles collection, Mattel, the #1 toy maker, will unveil From Silver Screen to Die-cast: Disney*Pixar Cars Imagined by Mattel, a comprehensive exhibit showcasing the history of its Cars die-cast collection. Located within the Petersen Museum’s “Hollywood Gallery,” this special six-month exhibit offers families and Cars collectors an entertaining and informative glimpse into Mattel’s blockbuster toy line. On Nov. 11, Mattel will offer a special test-drive of the exhibit with guests from the Mattel design team and local kids available for interviews.

EXHIBIT &
AUCTION DETAILS:

From Silver Screen to Die-cast: Disney*Pixar Cars Imagined by Mattel features:

  • · Movie scene dioramas featuring hundreds of real die-cast Cars vehicles
  • · Rare and never before released to the public die-cast vehicles
  • · New 2012 Super Chase Collection featuring limited run vehicles for the ultimate collector
  • · Innovative micro-technology showcase of the hottest holiday toy of 2011: Lightning McQueen Alive
  • · The journey of Cars die-cast packaging, a design that revolutionized the die-cast category

Highlight of Bonhams Classic California Sale include:

  • ·Disney*Pixar Cars Albert Hinkey “Buffet Master”, Doug “R.M.”, and Clayton Gentlebreeze hand-built, never produced in die-cast vehicle prototypes
  • · 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom ridden by The Fonz in the television hit series Happy Days
    and once owned by legend Bud Ekins
  • · 1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine purchased new by Elvis Presley

Highlight of Bonhams Classic California Sale include Cont.:

  • · Ex-Tom Cruise 2004 Lexus Concept Car from the film Minority Report
  • · 1967 Triumph TR6 “Desert Sled” motorcycle currently owned by singer ‘k.d. lang’
  • · 1994 Toyota Supra Custom featured in the movie The Fast and the Furious

WHEN:

Media preview: Friday, Nov. 11, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Media call time: 10:00 a.m.

· Cars exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, Nov. 12

· Bonham auction begins on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10:00 a.m.

· For absentee bidding information and details on the sale visit: www.bonhams.competersen

WHO:

Interview opportunities with Mattel toy designers, local kids as well as car and motorcycle experts from Bonhams

WHERE:

Petersen Automotive Museum – Hollywood Gallery, 2rd floor

6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(Between Fairfax and Orange Grove)


MORE:
Since the launch of the first Cars film in 2006, in June 2006, Mattel has produced more than 250 million die-cast Cars vehicles, featuring more than 500 unique designs representing many of the beloved characters from the film.