• Aug 30, 2008
Click the 1948 Tucker above for more from the San Diego Auto Museum

While on a recent trip to San Diego to ride some dirtbikes, we decided to check out some the sights that the city had to offer. Of course, being the car-obsessed nerds individuals that we are, it didn't take too long for us to end up at the San Diego Automobile Museum. Tomorrow, we'll bring you the best of what we saw on two wheels, but today is devoted to the cars. From some of the earliest four-wheelers (and three-wheelers) right on through to some Italian exotics from the '60s, '70s and '90s, there was plenty there to keep our interest. Our favorite has to be the rear-engined Tucker from 1948 -- very cool. We've assembled a gallery of pics below and have captioned them where appropriate. Enjoy!



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful cars in that museum.

      All the off axis photography makes me wish I had one of those swiveling monitors. Need a level? How about some level shots?
      • 6 Years Ago
      sweet jesus, so much noise. makes me want to just head over tomorrow and take some decent pics for you all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see it in your pics, but last time I was in this museum, they had a ford prototype that pre-dated the Honda Element, and looked amazingly like a show concept of the Element. I am sure Honda thanked ford. ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Um, AB, why do your pics suck so much lately? Did you use a 15 year old scanner to scan in those pics taken with a $10 35MM camera?

      Or did you forget your camera all together and just said "F*ck it , I got my cell phone"?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Where is the alfa 8c?
      • 6 Years Ago
      really, i gave up on the pictures after like 5, if your gonna use a dutch angle do it on details- not the whole car and certainly not every single one...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Tucker was indeed cool. For those who don't know, this car had three headlights. The middle one turned with the steering wheel, to illuminate the road in twisty mountain roads and curvy highways. It was never built because Tucker was accused of fraud, and his investors withdrew support. Probably the coolest vehicle never made.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My father was a potential TUCKER dealer in Hollywood, Ca. I don't think the investors pulling out was the main reason for TUCKER'S failure to bring the CAR of the FUTURE into production! From the hand written letter from ORIN TUCKER to all those invloved in the publicity of his car the fact that the manufacturers of the items he needed to complete production all of a sudden refused to supply what they had previously agreed to supply; DELCO REMY FOR GENERATORS, STARTERS AND RELATED COMPONENTS, WIRING HARNESES, AUTOLITE FOR SPARK PLUGS AND WIRES, DISTRIBUTOR COMPONENTS, SYLVANIA FOR LIGHT BULBS, CARTER FOR CARBURATORS ETC, ETC, ETC! My father and his three brothers decided to hold off and see if ORIN could get the needed parts in quantity from foreign companies but that didn't work out because of Government regulations that kept foreign companies from shipping such huge quantities into the U.S. because of the surplus on hand from WAR PRODUCTION that were under the control of the major manufacturers! I took a ride in a TUCKER with my dad and his brothers out to the Mojave Desert, it had a sign that the driver could pull down over the rear window like a window shade that read "YOU ARE BEING PASSED BY A TUCKER, THE CAR OF THE FUTURE!" We pased a number of cars and a few of them tried to catch and pass us but, the driver mearly pressed on the throttle a little harder and left them in the dust! At one point my dad pointed to the speedometer and it was touching 130 mph! What a beautiful automobile! I'm 78 years young and have driven cars faster than it but none as quiet and smooth riding, ORIN really had his head on straight when he designed this automobile!
        • 6 Years Ago
        They did build 51 of them, and 47 are still on the road!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 3rd headlight reminds me of a Studebaker's nose.

        And those photos.... are at some extreme angles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Off let me get off the camera topic for a min... I have been to this musem twice and Its a great place to spend the day. Ok now we can continue the pointless camera argument....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely agree with everyone about the funky tilted camera angles. Annoying at best.

      Also, would it have been too much effort to put captions underneath the pictures (the first couple had them) so that we'd know what we were looking at? Year, make and model would've been sufficient.

      TIA. Snicker.