Imagine spending a week driving to New York City then back to San Diego without stopping. In this Zevely Zone, I revisited an epic road trip and climbed inside the most incredible car I've ever seen.
Louie Mattar's fabulous car had a washing machine, drinking fountain and so much more
In 1952, San Diego resident Louie Mattar drove his 1947 Cadillac from San Diego to New York City without stopping. Louie and two other men established a cross-country endurance record by driving the Cadillac from San Diego to New York and back. Their trip totaled 6,320 miles and required refueling from a moving gas truck three times.
"This is the famous Louie Mattar's fabulous car," said Sally Hansen from the San Diego Automotive Museum. Sally told me the 1947 Caddy is without question the museum's top attraction. "It's by far the vehicle we get the most questions about," said Sally. Questions like how did a San Diego mechanic organize police escorts for six thousand miles?