Rotating exhibitions plus a regular collection that includes Louie Mattar’s Fabulous $75,000, as well as a large collection of motorcycles and memorabilia. Educational events, internships, summer camps, and private events are also highlights of this museum.
San Diego Automotive Museum tells the story of the social and technological past, present, and future of the automobile through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Vision vs Reality: From the Fires of Imagination to the Forge of Production.
What brings a car to life?
Vision. Engineering. Process. Experimentation. Reality. All of these elements play a part in bringing vehicles from concept to real life. Many factors come into play during the vehicle design process and what is originally dreamed of is seldom what we see on the road. Learn about this process and the many steps it takes to create what finally comes off of the production line. We have all seen the fulfillment of many automotive dreams on our streets for over a century. What we do not always understand is the extensive and arduous roads these cars have taken to go from vision to reality.
June 8 thru October 12, 2019.
Louie Mattar’s Fabulous Car!
A man, a car and a dream. Soon after purchasing his 1947 Cadillac, Louie Mattar began the process that resulted in the creation of this dream car. In 1952, he and two other men established a cross-country endurance record by driving the Cadillac from San Diego to New York and back without stopping. Their trip totaled 6,320 miles and required refueling from a moving gas truck three times!
All of the above and So. Much. More. Visit our website and then come in and see for yourself!
Visit San Diego Automotive Museum
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego , CA 92101
(619) 231-AUTO (2886)
Open daily: 10AM - 5PM
2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA