Underneath the Matt Guzzetta-designed aerodynamic shell is a Suzuki, with two fuel tanks. In 1983 this bike made it from San Diego, California to Daytona, Florida, on 11.4 gallons of gas. That's 214 miles per gallon, or 1.1L/100km.
From the side this looks like a fairly normal, if small, car. From this angle however. It's a 1999 Commuter Cars Tango electric car prototype. How far electric cars have come in 20 years. The art car paint job was done by Romero Britto.
There are more traditional classics too, like this Olds F-85 Jetfire from 1963. One of the first turbocharged production cars, few exist today with this rare engine. This is one of between 20 to 50 thought to exist with its original engine.
The first owner had this car for 30 years. The second owner restored it, and sold it to the current owner in 2017. Not bad for a car this age. It still has its original engine and 4-speed manual transmission.
Given how famous these are, and rightly so, it's surprising to realize how much they were not built for any kind of speed. The 3-speed transmission and 60hp engine were made for go-anywhere and do everything, but definitely not highway cruising.
The Cord L-29 Brougham is a rare car not just because not many were made, but also for its layout: an inline-8 with front wheel drive. The restoration of this car took a father/son team 31 years. It's one of only 4 restored L-29s in the world.
In the early days of the automobile, roads were an optimistic thought. This exhibit shows what some roads were like in the days before endless tarmac. In this case, a plank road that existed for about 15 years near Yuma, Arizona.
Like most car people my age, I wanted one of these so bad as a kid. Then when I got older and understood cars a bit more, I begrudgingly realized that as gorgeous as they are, they're pretty mediocre as a car. Maybe just to park in my driveway to look at?
One of the most interesting, and certainly unique, cars at the museum is Louie Mattar's Fabulous Car. A highly modified 1947 Cadillac, it drove nonstop from San Diego to New York and back, as well as from Alaska to Mexico City. He claimed it cost him $75,000 to create, no small sum for the early '50s. That's about $714,450, £551,055 or AU$1,010,803 in today's money.
Another famous movie bike, in this case Easy Rider. Except... not exactly. Of the four bikes made for the film, one was destroyed and three were stolen. This and a twin were built for publicity purposes by the studio after production wrapped.
Certainly one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Apparently this is the very car that Walter Wolf had the factory install the big (and aerodynamically detrimental) rear wing, 5L engine and flared fenders that would later become iconic aspects of this car in the 80's.
It's not huge, but the San Diego Automotive Museum definitely has some cool cars. Perhaps not worth a trip by itself, it's in the same parking lot as the excellent San Diego Air and Space Museum, and together they are an afternoon well spent.