April 16, 2018 Heather Wilson


Titled “L’époque des Carrossiers: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders,” the exhibit displays hand-built coachwork on some of the world’s most revered automobiles—the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the 1939 Bugatti Type 57SC Aravis Cabriolet, the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goutte d’Eau” and more

Oxnard, California (April 16, 2018) – On Saturday, April 14, the Mullin Automotive Museum opened its newest exhibit featuring the “crown jewels” of its collection. Entitled “L’époque des Carrossiers: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders,” the display showcases the finest and most renowned sculpture, artifacts and vehicles that represent the skill and unparalleled craftsmanship of esteemed French master coachbuilders.

The Era of Coachbuilding was marked by elegantly-designed and hand-crafted automobile bodies that were commissioned by society’s most prominent members, using artisans and visionaries to craft bespoke works of rolling art. “L’époque des Carrossiers” explores the greatest vehicles of this genre, featuring the works of preeminent French builders such as Bugatti, Citroen, De Villars, Figoni and Falaschi, Henri Chapron, Henri Labourdette, Million, Guiet & Cie., Pourtout, Jacques Saoutchik, Vanvooren, and Gabriel Voisin.

This exhibit marks the return of several cars that are fresh off major wins including the 1939 Bugatti Type 57SC Aravis Cabriolet by Jean Bugatti and Gangloff, which just received “Best in Show at the 2018 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Guests will also find notable classics such as the 2018 “Best of the Best” winner, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic by Jean Bugatti, as well as the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ (teardrop). The teardrop, which will join the exhibit in October, was designed by Joseph Figoni and was named “Best of the Best” in 2016.

“Our new exhibit pays tribute to the artistry of France’s finest coachbuilders through the most exceptional examples of their work,” said Peter Mullin, founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “While many of the cars stay true to the French automotive styling and share similarities in their design, the exhibit helps highlight the subtle nuances that distinguish each artist from one another.”

“L’époque des Carrossiers” will run through Spring 2019. To purchase tickets or learn more about the Mullin Automotive Museum, please visit www.MullinAutomotiveMuseum.com

The Mullin Automotive Museum is located at 1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033, in the building formerly occupied by the Otis Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife. The museum is typically open to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10 AM to 3 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.MullinAutomotiveMuseum.com. Semi-Private tours are offered on Tuesdays at 10 AM and Thursdays at 11 AM for $40 per person. Other weekdays may be available by appointment. Reservations are required. For information on semi-private tours or on Mullin 1000 Club membership benefits, please call 805.385.5400.