Friday, March 3, 2017

San Diego Automotive Museum (Balboa Park)

    Balboa Park boasts 1,200 acres of gardens and green space plus 17 museums and a variety of other attractions including a large zoo. We’re planning on exploring as much as possible. Our first stop was at the small automotive museum which has an assortment of cars without any unifying theme. 

  The most interesting display is Louie Mattar’s 1947 Cadillac. Louie, a gregarious and inventive man, owned a garage in San Diego. After working for four years and a spending a ton of money he had converted the Cadillac into a rolling apartment complete with an electric stove, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a chemical toilet, a shower, an ironing board, a medicine cabinet, a kitchen sink mobile telephone, a tape recorder, a bar, and a public address system. In 1952 he and two partners drove the car 6,320 miles across country and back without stopping. Fueling, oil changes, even tire replacements were done as the car was in motion. It’s an amazing piece of equipment!


The museum is accessible.

The parking lot near the museum may fill but the large lot on the east side of Park Blvd. is a good spot for RV parking. The sidewalks and curb cuts are in fairly good condition.

Museum   32.72737, -117.15343


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