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Feb 13, 2017 to Feb 13, 2020
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!
During the trips, Louie and his co-drivers had all the comforts of home, although space was limited. The equipment in the back seat includes an electric stove, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a chemical toilet, an ironing board, a medicine cabinet, and a kitchen sink. All of these appliances can be stored under the back seat cushions. Up front, in addition to the many switches and dials surrounding the dashboard, are a nationwide mobile telephone, a tape recorder, a bar, a public address system (which has speakers in both the trailer and on the hood of the car), and a Turkish water pipe. On the right running board is a shower and at the rear taillight is a drinking fountain!
The car holds 50 gallons of water, with a reserve of 30 gallon in the trailer. The trailer also holds 230 gallon of gas and 15 gallons of oil in addition to the dining area at the end. The car automatically refills the radiator and changes the oil, and the axles are drilled, which allow the tires to be inflated while turning. Hydraulic jacks allow the wheels to be raised for changing while moving. This could be accomplished from a movable platform that attaches to the car. Clear panels in the hood allow the car to be driven while the hood is open for repairs or adjustments. Under all the modifications is a stock 1947 Cadillac engine.
It took Louie Mattar 5 years and $75,000 to make his dream a reality. But this car was worth far more to Louie. He said, "If I sold that car and had all the money in the bank, I wouldn’t meet the important people I do. That's worth all the money in the world."
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SDAMLM_180723_16.JPG: Washing machine
SDAMLM_180723_26.JPG: Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000 Car
FIRST RUN Police escorts through all towns & international borders etc.
Holds the world's endurance non stop record across the United States, round trip 6320 miles September 20 to 27, 1952. Three men drove in 5 hour shifts, refueling at airfields on the run from a moving gas truck at Kansas City, Missouri,Camden, New Jersey and Ohama, Nebraska.
Non-stop good will tour -- Anchorage, Alaska to Mexico City, August 10 to 18, 1954 -- 7,482 miles.
• This car refills the radiator and changes the oil on the run, automatically.
• Axles are drilled to inflate tyres while turning
• Engine bearings, tyres, brakes and hydramatic are automatically cooled
• It has an automatic catwalk for refuelling
• Cockpit features dual access to coils, condensers, generators and four fuel pumps.
• Equipment includes nation-wide mobile phone, shower and drinking fountain
• Car weighs 8500 pounds, holds 50 gallons of water
• Trailer holds 230 gallons of gas, 15 gallons of oil and 30 gallons of water
• Hydraulic jacks allow tyres to be changed while moving
• It took 7 years to build and cost $75,000. Just a hobby, not sponsored.
This car has enjoyed world-wide recognition in newspapers, magazines and on television.
SDAMLM_180723_37.JPG: Shower & equipment in car, originally built for camping
Car holds 50 gallons water, hot & cold. Show with trunks on trips
SDAMLM_180723_39.JPG: Electric stove
SDAMLM_180723_51.JPG: Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000 Car
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Wikipedia Description: San Diego Automotive Museum
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The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego, California is a museum that features a collection of cars and motorcycles that highlight automotive culture throughout history. The San Diego Automotive Museum is a non-profit corporation under IRS section 501(c) It is housed in the former California State Building, built for the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition.
Some of the signature cars in the collection are: Louie Mattar's Car, a 1947 Cadillac that was driven non-stop from Alaska to Mexico City and across the United States; a 1948 Tucker (#19); and a 1969 Fiat 500 that is referred to as "Luigi". Exhibits are rotated every three months to bring in cars of different types or eras.
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