The collection will include such standout vehicles as a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis, a 1937 Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe, a 1929 Talbot M75 Million Guiet Coupe and more
Oxnard, Calif. (July 17th, 2019) – Today, the Mullin Automotive Museum announced it will display six iconic French classics at various events during the world-renowned Monterey Car Week. Guests of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have a chance to see prized classics including the one-of-a-kind 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis made for racing driver Maurice Trintingnant, a 1937 Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe, a 1929 Talbot M75 Million Guiet Coupe and more from the museum’s prestigious collection.
Since the Mullin’s inception in 2010, its mission has been to show and exhibit its cars to educate the public about twentieth-century French automotive styling and design. Monterey Car Week provides the ultimate stage for these French classics.
“We’ve selected some of the finest and most unique automobiles in the museum collection to bring to Monterey this year,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin. “Monterey Car Week is a perfect opportunity to share the beauty and power of these exquisite machines with the public outside of a museum setting. We’re excited for this year’s showcase and hope that attendees of these events will be ecstatic as well.”
The events and the automobiles to be featured are as follows:
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – August 14 – 17, 2019
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will return to Laguna Seca Raceway and feature the world’s most historically significant competition cars, driven the way they were truly intended. Two cars, both examples of the legendary Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix car from the Mullin, will be featured at this year’s event and will be available for viewing both up close in the pits and roaring down the main straight.
The first of these, a 1936 Talbot-Lago Type 26 SS Roadster will also make an appearance at the historic raceway. This Type 26 was originally designed by Figoni and Falaschi and later updated by the Chappe Brothers. The car raced at Le Mans in 1939 before being put in storage for the duration of World War II.
Guests will also see another Mullin classic, the 1950 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Grand Prix, which helped develop the prestige of French racing and develop the reputation of international Formula racing worldwide. With its twin ignition plugs and sleek tapered body, the car has top speeds of more than 166 miles per hour. Since acquiring the car in 1992, Peter Mullin has driven it in vintage racing events all over the world.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering – August 16, 2019
One of the finest vehicles in the Mullin collection, a 1931 Bugatti Type 49, will be displayed on the rolling grasses of Quail Lodge & Golf Club at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Representing the last appearance of the classical vertical-valve single-cam straight eight-cylinder Bugatti engine, this Type 49 features elegant four-door sedan coachwork by French coachbuilder Gangloff.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – August 18, 2019
As the world’s foremost Concours event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature an unprecedented three vehicles from the Mullin collection. This list of vehicles includes the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis, originally made to the exacting specifications of legendary French racing driver Maurice Trintingnant and which Jean Bugatti himself called “the most beautiful Type 57.”
In addition to the Bugatti on display, the Mullin collection will also field the stunning 1929 Talbot M75 Million Guiet Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This one-of-a-kind gem is the only Talbot automobile to receive coachwork from famed Parisian luxury coachbuilder Million-Guiet. Million-Guiet’s patented “tout alu,” or all-aluminum, construction afforded the coupe a remarkably low overall weight and singularly beautiful Art Deco bodywork.
The final vehicle from the Mullin collection on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be a 1937 Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe. After a very successful career in international Grand Prix racing from 1937-1939, then-owner A. M. Duprie sent the car to legendary coachbuilder Henri Chapron to be re-bodied from an open Grand Prix car to a lithe and unique two-seat coupe.
For more information about these cars and others in the Mullin Automotive Museum collection, please visit www.MullinAutomotiveMusuem.com.
About the Mullin Automotive Museum
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. To see photos of the exhibits and the cars on display, please follow the Mullin Automotive Museum’s official Instagram page.