One of the local events my husband loves to attend is the old cars show. To make him happy I went along with him to the event and even brought my camera to show that I support things he enjoys. The truth is the only thing I know about cars is how to drive them and where to put the gas.
We arrived at the show and as soon as I saw the Louie Mattar automobile I fell in love on its details. I snapped as many pictures as I could and engaged in small conversations with the guys as if I know stuff about cars.
This is what I found out about the Louie Mattar cars. With a goal of absolute non-stop driving, he built his 1947 Cadillac into quite the road warrior, including a shower, a complex on-to-go tire-changing system and a combination toilet/washing machine. 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!
|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.|
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".