Metallica frontman James Hetfield has donated his collection of 10 highly regarded custom cars to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Additionally, Hetfield was named a Founding Member of the museum, an honor reserved for its most generous donors.
Hetfield's collection includes Voodoo Priest, based on a '37 Lincoln Zephyr, a '36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn, a Delahaye inspired '34 Packard named 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: a custom 1948 Jaguar called Black Pearl, a '52 Olds named Grinch, and a 1953 Buick Skylark known as Skyscraper.
The announcement was made at the museum's annual press conference. The Hetfield cars will go on display next February, along with artifacts and memorabilia from Hetfield and Metallica's private collections.
Hetfield is a longtime auto enthusiast who has also displayed a number of his vehicles at Metallica's now-defunct Orion Music + More festival. He told us a while back that he worries whenever any of his cars go out on tour, either with him or to an auto show: “I actually have worries that when my car travels to somewhere, you know, goes on tour in Europe, you know, that it comes back with pings and scratches and you have no idea where or how they happened.”