Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
My son & I just got back from the Mullin Museum
. Awesome place! It isn't very big, and there really aren't that many cars - but the cars they have are simply unbelievable! Their shtick is European art deco designs from the 30s - Bugatti, Talbot, Delahaye and in a special limited-time display, Avions Voisin. Many of their cars have been multi-time Concours winners at Pebble Beach.
These are truly beautiful cars that also happen to be engineering masterpieces. When you read the descriptions of the cars, it's hard to believe this level of technology was imployed in the 1930s: superchargers, hydraulic brakes, hemi heads, DOHC, independent front suspension, etc, etc - some of these cars were decades ahead of the mainstream auto mfrs.
My son's favorite car - a 1948 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe. 1 of 36 built. Has an inline 6 Aluminum engine producing 194 bhp.
My favorite car - 1939 Delahye Type 165 Cabriolet. 1 of 6 produced with a V12 engine. It was originally built for display at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was impounded by US Customs because of some hassle associated with WW II. It was later sold at auction and after changing hands a few times, ended up being owned by a tow truck driver in Fresno, CA!
One of the centerpieces of the museum - 1938 Talbot Lago Tisocs "Goutte D'Eau"
They actually have more Bugatti vehicles than I have ever seen in one location - and then you read the display tags and they say "1 of 10 produced", "1 of 4 produced", etc, etc. Upstairs they have about a dozen Grand Prix race cars from the 20s and 30s. Can you imagine going 150 MPH a couple of feet from another car, with you head & arms 12-18 inches from a spinning rear tire, and no seat belts?
If you are ever in Ventura County, CA, and you have 2 hours to kill, I *highly* recommend the Mullin Automotive Museum!