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San Diego Automotive Museum

  • 2080 Pan American Plaza Map It
  • Balboa Park

Updated 10/23/2014

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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 gems from the museum's core collection of vintage motorcycles and cars—ranging from a Porshe, Ferrari, and Glitz & Gam to a 1981 silver Delorean (remember the time machine in Back to the Future?)—as well as a series of international rotating exhibits. Be sure to see 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 also 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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Sight Details:

  • $8.50
  • Daily 10–5; last admission 4:30

Updated 10/23/2014


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