Mullin Automotive Museum to close

| 21 Jan 2024
Classic & Sports Car – Mullin Automotive Museum to close

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, will close on 10 February.

It was founded in 2010 by Peter and Merle Mullin to celebrate French automotive design, and across its almost 47,000sq ft displayed classic cars, artefacts and sculptures.

This announcement comes after Peter’s passing last September, aged 82.

Those wishing to visit the collection will have limited chances until 10 February – head here for details and to buy tickets.

Peter was also twice a board member of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, first as a founder member, then later as chair, and four of the classic cars from the Mullin museum will now join the Petersen’s collection, thus continuing his passion for sharing these vehicles with the public.

The four cars are the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 CS ‘Teardrop’, the 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia and two Delahayes, the 1939 165 and the 1938 145.

Gooding & Company will offer 20 cars from the collection in its Amelia Island auction on 29 February-1 March, all without reserve.

These include a 1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (est: $600-800,000), a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 with Gangloff bodywork (est: $150-225,000), a 1946 Delage D6 Grand Prix (est: $300-500,000), one of five built for endurance racing, a metallic gold 1938 Citroën 11B Traction Avant Coupé (est: $90-120,000) and a 1911 Hispano-Suiza 15T Alfonso XIII (est: $300-400,000). View the full catalogue here.

In addition, Gooding & Company is set to hold a further auction in April at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, where further items from the collection will go under the hammer.

Classic & Sports Car – Mullin Automotive Museum to close

The future of the proposed British Mullin site is unclear

At the time of writing, there is no word regarding the future of the proposed British Mullin museum, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, although it is understood plans are well under way.

The UK site, designed by architect Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners, is set to host a 200-strong classic car museum, a pavilion and a demonstration track, as well as 28 holiday lodges.

When the planning application was made in 2018, Peter said, in a letter: 'My aim is always to illuminate, innovate and educate.

‘My particular passion for the automobile, is not only about top speed or horse power [sic], but about the extraordinary impact that the car has had on mankind; the mobility, the ingenious design, the engineering and the beauty of art in motion.’

His widow, Merle, has thanked all those who have contributed to and visited the Mullin Automotive Museum: “Sharing these ‘rolling sculptures’ and beautiful art with others was Peter’s truest passion, and the museum helped bring that vision to life.”

She added: “I hope past and first-time visitors will have a chance to say goodbye before we close.”

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