San Diego Automotive Museum

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Coordinates: 32°43′38.94″N 117°09′12.98″W / 32.7274833°N 117.1536056°W / 32.7274833; -117.1536056

1948 Tucker on Display at the Museum

The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego, California is a museum that features a collection of cars and motorcycles that highlight automotive culture throughout history. The San Diego Automotive Museum is a non-profit corporation under IRS section 501(c) [1] It is housed in the former California State Building, built for the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition.[2]

Some of the signature cars in the collection are: Louie Mattar's Car, a 1947 Cadillac that was driven non-stop from Alaska to Mexico City and across the United States; a 1948 Tucker (#19); and a 1969 Fiat 500 that is referred to as "Luigi". Exhibits are rotated every three months to bring in cars of different types or eras.


  1. ^ "About Us Page of Museum Website". [dead link]
  2. ^ "San Diego Automotive Museum". Balboa Park Facilities. San Diego Park and Recreation Department. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 

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