The Mullin Automotive Museum: A Tribute to French Classic Cars of the 20’s and 30’s

A new automotive museum opened in Oxnard, California in February called The Mullin Automotive Museum.  This museum pays homage to art and autos of the Art Deco and Machine Age (1918-1941) in France.  One of the museums showrooms displays over 100 historic French vehicles including:  Delahaye, Delage, Voisin, Bugatti and Talbot-Lagos and coachwork from Figoni et Falaschi, Labourdette, Chapron, Gangloff, Saoutchik, and Letourneur et Marchand.  The museum is also exhibiting 30 vehicles with Pebble Beach winning restorations and French classics from the Grand Prix and the Le Mans.  Finally, the museums touts that they have an entire floor dedicated to the Bugatti, cleverly named “Club Bugatti”.

The 46,821 sq. ft. building that houses this beautiful collection of automotive history was bought by Peter Mullin, whose passion for 1930’s French cars grew into him collecting, restoring, showing and even racing them.  He wanted this museum to serve as a legacy to the Art Deco and Machine Age era’s vehicles.  Mr. Mullin bought the building from well-known newspaperman, Otis Chandler, who used to house vintage cars in it and who properly named the building “The Vintage.”  After he passed in 2006, Mr. Mullin acquired the property and alongside architect, David Hertz, gave the entire building a huge overhaul.  This building features a roof garden, a theater, a gift shop and archives along with the main showrooms of the museum.  It is also an eco-friendly building that boasts having a solar photovoltaic roof system that captures energy and a planted “green” roof, which both help to be less dependent on traditional forms of energy.

If you are interested in visiting this museum, it is only open on exclusive dates from 10am-3pm.  The dates are all Saturdays and are listed on the website as follows:  March 26, April 9, April 23, May 14, June 11, June 25, July 9, and July 23.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  It is $10/adult, $7/seniors, $5/children 5-12, and free for children under 5.  For more information, please visit the museum’s website

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