The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park packs a lot of fun into a very small space. Nothing fancy, and certainly not over sized car fans should be able to find at least one vehicle to rev their engines or at least give them a smile. During my visit the museum was featuring cars used various movies but I don’t know whether this is permanent or a rotating showcase. My favorite was a vehicle held over from a recent exhibit titled “Balboa Park, the Future” featuring “advanced technologies, concept design and presentations about what the driving experience will be in the next generation” was a 1999 electric car called the Tango.
Manufactured by Commuter Cars of Spokane Washington, this “half lane” car boasts the lowest center of gravity of any car on the market making it extremely stable, goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 second and completes the 1/4-mile in 12.214 seconds. The Tango at the museum is one of only 12 in existence though the manufacturer has a waiting list of over 2,000 names for some future version with a much lower price tag than the current models that cost over $100,000. The model at the museum is likely to be the most expensive of them all as it is also a one of a kind art piece painted by famed Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto. The value of the artwork alone is estimated at $850,000 but one would be hard pressed to hang this piece on your wall in spite of it’s diminutive size.
Tiny Two seater 1999 “Tango” electric car. – San Diego Automotive, San Diego, California