Posted On : 7/2/2007 by Chris Zook
2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Admission: adults $8, seniors and military $6, students $5, youth (6–15) $4, children 5 and under free
Info: 619 231-2886, www.sdautomuseum.org
Taking its rightful place amid the other museums in Balboa Park, the San Diego Automotive Museum pays tribute to one of the most revered artifacts of California culture: the automobile.
The museum’s world-class collection is a car lover’s dream, tracing the history of this cultural icon from the Model T and the earliest two-wheelers (those would be motorcycles) to modern, “pimped-out” high-performance vehicles. Other highlights include #19 of 51 Tucker Torpedoes made in 1948, memorialized by a 1988 Jeff Bridges movie, and the world-famous Louie Mattar’s Fabulous $75,000 Car that was equipped for non-stop distance driving in the 1950s.