Finding a well preserved classic (or antique) car stored in a forgotten barn or warehouse is a common dream of collectors. It’s best when said car is in perfect condition and simply needs gas to...
Cruise into the San Diego Automotive Museum for an experience that will take you on an amazing journey of design, styling, and horsepower! With three extra rotating exhibits per year, the museum offers something for everyone. The signature exhibit on the permanent side of the gallery is Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000 Car, the vehicle that still holds the distance endurance record set in 1952. How did he do it? His adaptations of this car are truly amazing! It is complete with a washing machine, a stove, a refrigerator and a shower on the running board. Louie could also change the tires while the car was moving! The museum is also home to one of the finest Indian Motorcycle displays on the West Coast.
Fun For the Entire Family
The museum is family-friendly with lots to do for visitors of all ages. Kids can have fun playing on a Formula 1 race car and a full-sized motorcycle. Our exhibits are not just made up of vehicles. There are also videos and art related to the times and topic. We have a strong focus on the people and events that helped shape San Diego. A classic example is the Old Plank Road that brought travelers across the sand dunes west of Yuma to the up-and-coming city of San Diego almost a hundred years ago.
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