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Mullen Automotive Museum

Post by okayfine » 27 Aug 2012 13:06

Had the occasion to visit the Mullen Automotive Museum. I'm not a big "old" car guy, nor a big French car guy, which is why it's taken me this long to visit even though it's only one town over from my house. This is 18th-Green-At-Pebble-Beach stuff. Had I known what I'd find inside, I would have visited much sooner.

It wasn't that there were unexpected cars there - pre-war French stuff (and some early post-war stuff), mostly by companies that have long since tightened their last wheel nut. I was surprised, however, and very, very impressed by the level of craftsmanship plainly evident on each of the cars. Down to the headlamps, as you see.

A '46 Delage D-6 GP with an auspicious choice of racing number:
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DRUM BRAKES!!!
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And if that wasn't good enough, cable-operated drum brakes on a '28 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix.
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Safety wiring on a Bugatti Type 37:
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The Atlantic:
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Temperature gauge:
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A Voisin C27 Grand Sport Cabriolet:
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In reflection:
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The OTHER "lake" Bugatti:
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A 1934‑Voisin‑C27‑Aerosport:
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Post by okayfine » 27 Aug 2012 13:09

And the headlights! Works of art themselves and worthy of a better photographer and their own post.

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Straight-up projectors:
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Headlight with integrated fog lamp projector:
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Post by defdes » 27 Aug 2012 14:39

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Pretty incredible place, I visited right before I left CA, didn't know much about those marquis, but what craftsmanship.

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Post by two_68_510s » 27 Aug 2012 15:55

Very nice photos fellows, Julian those pics are very good.
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Post by okayfine » 27 Aug 2012 17:13

And to think they were taken with my 12-year-old Olympus 2040Z. GREAT fast lens for a PnS (no need for a flash inside, just a steady hand), and only 2.1MP!

Louvers and brass hinge:
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The Delahaye:
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And...why we call it a trunk:
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Post by S15DET » 27 Aug 2012 17:48

Would love to visit. The blue streamliner is a Tatra, right?

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Post by Byron510 » 27 Aug 2012 19:09

S15DET wrote:Would love to visit. The blue streamliner is a Tatra, right?
I belive so - rear engined - V8 power if I remember correctly.

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Post by StrutlessWonder » 27 Aug 2012 22:23

Excellent Pics Julian!

Reminds me of the day trip my 10 y/o son and I took last year from Paris to Mulhouse, France via the TGV to visit the former Schlumpf collection (largest collection of Bugattis in the world), since seized by the French government and now called the Cite de l'Automobile. Over 400 cars from all eras: lots of really early stuff before 1900 to the cool '30's art that Julian shows, along with an obscene number of Bugattis (incl TWO Royales) to cool F1 cars from '50s-'70s, all the way to a new Veyron. It just goes on and on and on. And we spent the entire day there with only about 10 other people. Alas, no Datsun 510s.

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