Metallica’s James Hetfield Loaning 10 Classic Cars to Petersen Automotive Museum Exhibit


Metallica frontman James Hetfield's collection of classic hot rods will apparently be the stars of an upcoming exhibit at Los Angeles' Petersen Automotive Museum in February.

Hetfield -- who was recently named a Founding Member of the museum -- will loan out 10 of his cars for an upcoming exhibit in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery, as the museum announced during its annual press conference ( Hagerty on Aug. 19).

The list of cars include: the Voodoo Priest, based on a '37 Lincoln Zephyr, a '36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn, a Delahaye inspired '34 Packard, Aquarius, a '36 Ford in bare metal called Iron Fist,  a purple '56 Ford F-100 pickup truck, and three cars by custom fabricator Rick Dore: Black Pearl, a custom 1948 Jaguar, a '52 Olds named Grinch, and Skyscraper, a 1953 Buick Skylark. The cars will go on display alongside artifacts and memorabilia from Hetfield and Metallica's private collections. 

Hetfield's Black Pearl won the Goodguys 2014 Mother's Custom of the Year Award at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 32nd All-American Get-Together. The car was described as "a one-off custom car built from scratch and not from any specific vehicle. Its handmade body with its sleek lines was inspired by the styling shapes and forms of cars of the 1930s. The car was built by Rick Dore. The body was shaped by Southern Californian Marcel De Lay and then painted a rich, lustrous PPG black by Hollenbeck. The Black Pearl is owned by James Hetfield of the heavy-metal band Metallica."

A spokesperson for Metallica could not be reached for comment at press time. The band is currently on tour in Europe and slated to play a show at PGE Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday night (Aug. 21).