Mullin Automotive Museum

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2015-06-26 10:41:21

The Mullin Automotive Museum is a museum based in Oxnard, California, celebrating the automobiles and designs of the art deco and machine age periods between 1918 and 1941.

 

About the museum

The museum was established in 2010 by notable car collector and former president of the American Bugatti Club Peter Mullin.

It is housed in the building that was previously home to the Chandler Transportation Museum, the collection of Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler. The new museum was transformed to include 50,000 sq ft of exhibition space by architect David Hertz.

It is currently open two days each month to the public.

Attractions and exhibits

The museum features a recreation of a 1930s Paris salon, in which vehicles from every French prestige manufacturer are displayed.

Cars

The museum is home to the world’s most expensive car, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. The car was purchased in 2010 at a Gooding & Company | Gooding & Co auction for an undisclosed fee believed to be up to $30 million.

It features over 100 French cars from celebrated manufacturers and designers such as Bugatti, Delage, Delahaye, Hispano Suiza, Talbot-Lago and Voisin. Many of the vehicles also feature coachwork from Chapron, Figoni et Falaschi, Gangloff, Vanvooren, Labourdette, Letourneur et Marchand and Saoutchik.

The museum's collection includes a number of concours d'elegance winning automobile restorations, such as:

  • The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance award-winning 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
  • 1924 Bucciali B6-C24 Grand Prix Reconstruction
  • 1910 Charron Type TC Convertible
  • The 1951 Paris Auto Salon 1951 Talbot T26 Gran Sport Convertible
  • 1928 Lorraine Dietrich B3-6 Sports Roadster
  • 1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire Replica
  • 1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport
  • The Grand Prix de Tourisme Winning 1922 Voisin C3 S Grand Prix
  • 1919 Voisin C3 Berline

Unrestored vehicles

The museum is also home to 30 unrestored vehicles, displayed in the state in which they were discovered.

The majority were purchased from the famed Schlumpf “Reserve Collection”, and are shown in a 90ft recreation of the barn they were found in. Most of these cars had been purchased by the French Schlumpf brothers in the early 60s from American sportsman John Shakespeare.

The exhibit also contains an unrestored 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster Chassis, which lay undiscovered on the bottom of Lake Maggiore in Italy for 75 years before being recovered in 2009.

Furniture and design

The second floor of the museum features and exhibit entitled ‘Club Bugatti’, which features artwork and design by various members of the celebrated Bugatti family.

It includes furniture created by car designer Ettore’s father Carlo Bugatti, bronze sculptures by his brother Rembrandt and an exhibition of artwork from his daughter Lydia.

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