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San Diego Automotive Museum

  • 2080 Pan American Plaza Map It

Updated 05/16/2014

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Even if you don't know a choke from a chassis, you're bound to admire the sleek designs of the autos in this impressive museum. On display are items from the museum's core collection of vintage motorcycles and cars, as well as a series of international rotating exhibits. Back to the Future fans will find a favorite in the 1981 silver Delorean. Even non-car buffs will love the Fabulous Car of Louis Mattar, which was ingeniously kitted out to set the cross-country

endurance record in 1952 (6,320 miles nonstop from San Diego to New York City and back, refueling from a moving gas truck). A video display shows highlights such as Mattar and his co-drivers changing the tire while in motion and pouring a glass of water from the onboard tap. There's an ongoing automobile restoration program, and an extensive automotive research library.

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2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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  • $8
  • Daily 10–5

Updated 05/16/2014


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