It’s not where one would expect to find a collection of rare French automobiles, tucked away in an industrial park in Oxnard, California. The Mullin Automotive Museum is home to 120 vintage touring and racing cars, of which 50 to 60 are on display in the ever-changing exhibit.
The MINI Maniacs toured the Mullin on June 23, one of many visits by the club in recent years. Member Ted Lighthizer brought his camera along and shares his images on his Flickr gallery —> CLICK HERE
The building once housed the automobile collection of Otis Chandler, then owner of the Los Angeles Times. His heirs later sold the collection and businessman Peter Mullin purchased and renovated the 50,000 sq ft building to match his collection from the Art Deco era: French automobiles of the 1920s and 1930s, names like Bugatti and Delahaye, that are famous for sensuous curves and style.
“These cars are rolling works of art,” says Ted, “and to be able to see these cars up close and admire the craftsmanship and design is really a unique experience.”
The ground floor houses touring cars including one of the world’s most valuable, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, which last sold in 2010 for between $30 and $35 million. The upper level is where Mullin displays the race cars, most notably the 1937 Delahaye Type 145 V-12 Gran Prix, known as “The Million Franc Car” for a racing prize it won.
Also on exhibit is furniture, paintings and sculpture created by members of the Bugatti family.
The Mullin Museum is open to the public on scheduled Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online. It’s located at 1421 Emerson Avenue in Oxnard. For prices and to order tickets, visit mullinautomotivemuseum.com.