Mullin Automotive Museum
Peter Mullin's vision for an automotive museum showcasing his favorite era of motoring has passed the 12-month mark. The Mullin Automotive Museum is located in Oxnard, California, and it's home to a stunning collection of French Art Deco jaw droppers. Over the past year, the museum has expanded its collection by adding a few new residents.

-The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance award-winning 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
-1924 Bucciali B6-C24 Grand Prix Reconstruction
-1910 Charron Type TC Convertible
-The 1951 Paris Auto Salon 1951 Talbot T26 Gran Sport Convertible
-1928 Lorraine Dietrich B3-6 Sports Roadster
-1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire Replica
-1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport
-The Grand Prix de Tourisme Winning 1922 Voisin C3 S Grand Prix
-1919 Voisin C3 Berline

Not just home to cars, though that's certainly the primary focus, the Mullin Automotive Museum has also acquired a handful of art pieces that sit alongside the vehicles. Statues, bowls and over 15 crystal radiator mascots that were created by Rene Lalique. We're willing to bet that those Lalique radiator mascots are worth a bit more than the Nissan badge that was stolen off our 300ZX back in college. Feel free to check out the full press release after the break.

Happy first birthday, Mullin Automotive Museum!
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THE COUNTRY'S LEADING FRENCH ART DECO MUSEUM CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Mullin Automotive Museum Continues Remarkable Growth of Significant Art and Automobile Collection


Oxnard, Calif. (May 5, 2011) – The Mullin Automotive Museum, a Southern California landmark dedicated to the celebration of French Art Deco art and automobiles, is proud to announce numerous recent additions to its collection in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the museum's founding.

Over the past year, Peter and Merle Mullin have worked to further define their vision of the Mullin Automotive Museum by establishing it as a world-class art and automobile collection. In the 12 months since its founding, the Mullin Automotive Museum hosted the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic to international acclaim, exhibited four unique Bugatti prototypes direct from Bugatti Automobiles SAS, was awarded "Best of Show" at the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance and published The Art of Bugatti, a stunning tribute to the numerous works of the Bugatti family represented in the Mullin Automotive Museum's collection. Further, Bugatti SAS bestowed Peter Mullin with its "Lifetime Achievement" award for his great dedication to the historic marque.

In just one year, the Mullin Automotive Museum's art and automobile collection has grown considerably while the museum continuously supports the automotive hobby through its participation in at least 25 automotive events, including three races, five rallies and 14 Concours d'Elegance in the last year alone. Further to this, the museum has hosted numerous notable events at its facility in Oxnard, Calif. Within the museum, the staff has launched into the careful conservation of their 1925 Bugatti Type 27 Brescia that lay under the waters of Lago Maggiore for almost 75 years. The museum has also acquired a number of significant collections of books and original coachbuilder drawings that it is incorporating into its significant archive; a site that they hope will become an important resource for scholars of art and automobiles. With an eye on continued growth, the Mullin Automotive Museum welcomes many new additions to its already elaborate collection, including but not limited to:

Vehicles

-The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance award-winning 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante

-1924 Bucciali B6-C24 Grand Prix Reconstruction

-1910 Charron Type TC Convertible

-The 1951 Paris Auto Salon 1951 Talbot T26 Gran Sport Convertible

-1928 Lorraine Dietrich B3-6 Sports Roadster

-1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire Replica

-1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport

-The Grand Prix de Tourisme Winning 1922 Voisin C3 S Grand Prix

-1919 Voisin C3 Berline

Art

-Several significant Rembrandt Bugatti bronzes, including Barbara Bugatti en Robe a Longues Manches from 1906.

-A very rare silver "Dragonfly" footed bowl, circa 1907 by Carlo Bugatti.

-More than fifteen crystal radiator mascots by the famed Parisian jeweler and glass maker Rene Lalique.

Beyond these recent additions, the Mullin Automotive Museum continues to house some of the most remarkable automobiles of the Art Deco era including the 1939 New York World's Fair Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet, the 1938 Talbot Lago T150 C SS "Teardrop" Coupe that was formerly owned by racing champion and legendary playboy Woolf Barnato, and the 1939 Delage D8-120 Cabriolet featured in the Academy Award winning film "An American in Paris". These models and others in the collection will compliment the soon to be published book French Curves: Delahaye, Delage and Talbot Lago – the museum's follow-up to last year's resplendent The Art of Bugatti. French Curves: Delahaye, Delage and Talbot Lago will serve as a lasting tribute to the awe-inspiring automobiles in the Mullin Automotive Museum's collection and allow readers to fully experience those automobiles through its one-of-a-kind content and exquisite photography.

In addition to their local support of the automotive hobby, the Mullin Automotive Museum is proud to support the national automotive industry through their continued participation in events. In 2010 alone, the Mullin collection received a number of prestigious awards including the "David R. Holls Memorial Designers Choice Award" at the 2010 Concours d'Elegance of America at Meadowbrook Hall, "Best in Show" at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance, "Best in Show – Foreign" at the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance and First, Second and Third in class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.