Flying Feather The Petersen Automotive Museum has always done a great job of displaying a vast variety of cars. This time, though, they have outdone themselves. In the upstairs area where a number of prestigious Ferraris used to live, a handful of Japanese cars have taken over. Sticking to their roots, the Petersen once again delivers deserving museum pieces, and this time around a first in America with a look into Japanese-American modified builds and the history of Japanese factory design. We’ll start with the latter, titled The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit In Japanese Automaking. Japanese cars have had a strong presence in the United States, dating back to the first import in 1957, and yet we’ve never had a proper celebration of this in an American museum (at least as far as I know). With cars akin to the ‘Flying Feather’, of which there were only ever 150 built, it’s an exhibit like I’ve never seen. A few quick details on this car before I move on; the Flying Feather was dreamed up in the 1940s and manufactured by Nissan subsidiary Suminoe Works. The sub-900lb (408kg) car was capable of nearly 40mph and would get almost 60mpg thanks to a… Read full this story
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