Past Exhibitions

Originally known as City Park, Balboa Park was 1,400 acres of treeless, rough space until late 1890s. The park was given its name in 1910… read more
What is a "Lead Sled"? In the 1940s and 1950s, plastic body filler and fiberglass did not exist.
An Orphan Car is: "any marque or brand of vehicle produced by a company that has discontinued business entirely." The name is often… read more
The 1950s are not known as the beginnings of the Muscle Car era, but events of that period had an impact on development. In the post-war… read more
Introduced at GM Motorama in 1953, the prototype displayed a vision of American sports motoring combining the dreamy shapes of early-1950s… read more
The nature of toys is compounded of pleasure, fantasy, and imitation. The history of toys is made up of contrasts, and lies somewhere… read more
No one can deny that the cars we see cruising the boulevards, lowered to the ground, painted in the most amazing colors and designs. Thes
Pickup trucks!
Steampunk is a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, speculative… read more
First automobiles were mostly wood based, at least the chassis and body were.
Why is it the VW has so often been the "vehicle" of expression, especially in the 1960s and '70s? For Americans in the late 50s and 1960s,… read more
The Pontiac story is not unlike that of any other manufacturer in the industrialized America of the 20th century.