One of the many museums at Balboa Park is the San Diego Automotive Museum, which "offers a nostalgic look at the icon of the 20th-century; it features more than 80 historic autos and motorcycles.
We began our walk around the displays with the green car in the center of the photo above.
"More than a motorcycle and not quite a car, the Morgan is the best known and the finest of the British 3-wheelers. Morgan's were popular during the 1930's in Britain due to a tax advantage that allowed three-wheeled car to be registered as a motorcycle.
Only three of this model were ever made. Giotto Bizzarrini worked for Ferrari, Lamborghini and other companies before starting his own company in 1964. Several concept cars in the 2000s bear his name (en.wikipedia.org/Giotto_Bizzarrini).
The driver's door of this model does not open; the car starts by cranking it.
This diminutive two-seater was advertised as a "woman's car," easy to cntrol and care for. In 1917, the company produced 28,000 cars making it the seventh largest car maker in the U.S.
This model was built for racing. Barney Oldfield raced this model.
The main market for Pathfinder, built in Indianapolis, was pre-war Russia. The beginning of World War I closed this market and Pathfinder was forced to refocus on the highly competitive US market.
In advertisements for this model, the company first used their
"Standard of the World" slogan. With precision manufacturing and in-house mass-production of a single line of cars, Cadillac had every reason to feel that the Model 30 was a world-class car within the reach of most buyers.
"At the beginning of this new century, one of the most popular cars was the 'all purpose vehicle,' one that can carry the groceries, the lumber for weekend projects, and take the family on an outing. In 1907, the International Harvester Company introduced an earlier version of the 'one car to do everything'--the Auto-Wagon.
This auto was about four feet high and made quite an impression as we completed the tour of the museum.
However, there was that 1947 Cadillac....