In 2019, METALLIC leader James hetfield donated his car collection to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. James has always been a car guy and shares his road trip in one of the coolest custom car collections on the market. Hetfield described seeing cars the same way he sees music: as forms of freedom and expression that convey the passions of their creator.

Best known as the co-founder, songwriter, singer and guitarist of the heavy metal band METALLIC, Hetfield has also gained recognition in the automotive world for its unique collection of fully bespoke vehicles. While the vast majority of collectors acquire vehicles by purchasing pre-existing copies, Hetfield instead chose to build his own from scratch, channeling the creativity often reserved in his music into the production of rolling sculptures.

Talk to MotorTrend on his decision to donate the cars, Hetfield said: “I had a vision of not having to take care of these cars anymore because at some point … when I have these cars, at some point they have me. It takes a long time. and effort to keep these things up and running, and in good condition. They were going to be auctioned or donated or something. Then it actually happened.

“I’m very grateful that the Petersen Museum was able to take the collection and keep it together. That’s the one thing that really disappointed me, the fact that if they went up for auction and they all went elsewhere, they would we no longer live together, and it would no longer be like a collection. I think they were informed and they offered to take the collection. I was delighted. Regarding the prestige of the Petersen Museum, and my collection to be in there is a huge honor. It really is. “

When asked if the cars were still missing, Hetfield Said, “I watch them everyday in my book, man. Yeah, I miss some cars and just be around them but, you know, they hit their mark. I have to get creative. I have to help. other people get creative, all different guys: Robert Rolling, and Scott Mugford, and Josh mills, the From Leys. I have had the opportunity to work with great and historic people. Himsl art, who painted the Skylark. Darryl Hollenbeck. I have met a lot of great people who have old school crafts in their blood which I love. I have to do these things. Now other people can watch them. “

Among the cars exhibited at “Salvaged Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” are Voodoo Priest, based on a ’37 Lincoln Zephyr, an ’36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn, a Delahaye inspired ’34 Packard, a bare metal ’36 Ford called Iron Fist, a purple pickup truck ’56 Ford F-100 and Gratte -sky, Hetfieldfrom 1953 Buick Skylark.

A book on Hetfieldcars, “Salvaged Rust: The Four-Wheeled Creations of James Hetfield”, was released on July 28 via Insight editions. In the book, Hetfield opens its garage for an exclusive tour of the highlights of its incredible collection of restored and personalized classic cars.

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