You never really know what you will find in the archive. You'd think in the digital age there wouldn't be a lot of surprises, but there definitely are. This month we were searching for images from past Detroit Autoramas when we accidently came across these amazing shots from the 1953 Motorama held at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in L.A.

We originally thought it would be cool to show old Detroit show photos since we are featuring the current Autorama in this issue. But hey, Autorama or Motorama? Both cool names that often get confused. Our efforts to find the Detroit images were put on hold immediately when our eyes were transfixed on these misfiled early images. There are definitely some images we've never seen before and the best part is, there are more! So guess what? More selections from this file in the near future!

Photos courtesy of the Petersen Archive.