Mullin Automotive Museum

by Paul G December. 12, 2017 534 views

I absolutely adore French cars from the 30s and 40s. And for me, the place to go to see these is the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, northwest of Los Angeles. After hemming and hawing about it for several years, I finally made it to the museum. I finally thought, "screw it," and made the 5 hour one-way drive to the museum. Drove there Monday morning, visited the museum Tuesday morning, and then drove home immediately after. It was totally worth it. I'll be back when they have installed a new main exhibit in the spring.

1927 Citroën 5CV Trefle hood ornament

1927 Citroën 5CV Trefle hood ornament

The interesting thing, though, is that their main exhibit was not French cars from the 30s and 40s. The main exhibit was all Citroën. But that was the main reason I went. I love Citroën and their funky designs.

1919 Citroën Type A (Chassis # 6926)

1919 Citroën Type A (Chassis # 6926)

Everything from the first Citroën model produced, the Type A to the all-too-familiar 2CV (there are several in the museum) to a relatively recent C3 is in the museum.

1952 Citroën 2CV (Chassis # 30242)

1952 Citroën 2CV (Chassis # 30242)

Peter Mullin, probably best known for one of the best Bugatti collections in the world, apparently got the itch a few years ago for Citroën. In the span of about two years, he bought somewhere around 50 vehicles and they are all on display.

2009 Citroën C3 Pluriel (VIN VF7HBKFVC9E500956)

2009 Citroën C3 Pluriel (VIN VF7HBKFVC9E500956)

My favorite classic Citroën there would be the DS21 convertible. Maybe I'm mistaken, but it doesn't seem like Citroën built (or builds) a whole lot of convertibles.

1969 Citroën DS21 Usine Cabriolet (Chassis # 4635279)

1969 Citroën DS21 Usine Cabriolet (Chassis # 4635279)

But my favorite Citroën by far, is the SM. I got to ride in one about 30 years ago when I visited San Diego with a friend and his parents. Just one of the coolest cars. Incredibly rare in the U.S. About five years ago, I happened upon one just sitting parked on the side of the Las Vegas Strip. I wish I had gotten more information about it. As few as there are in the U.S., it very well could have been the one I rode in 25 years earlier. But the Mullin? Yeah... they have five of them. One is modified into a pickup truck that tows another one that has been modified to run Bonneville.

1972 Citroën SM (Chassis # 01SB0102)

1972 Citroën SM (Chassis # 01SB0102)

One of the things I need to start doing again regarding car photography is getting details, not just a shot of the whole car. I did a little bit of it at the Mullin (not enough to say I'm back on track with it). But since I've seen nearly all the classic cars in Vegas, I think I can start to focus more on that.

1938 Citroën 11B Traction Avant Coupe (Chassis # 134126)

1938 Citroën 11B Traction Avant Coupe (Chassis # 134126)

On a side note, the Mullin does one thing that is really helpful and I appreciate so much - on the information cards for the cars, they actually put the VIN/Chassis # of the car. That helps me with organization.

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Heike 2 years ago

One of my collegues is still driving a 2CV. I always loved it, but never had one. My first car was a Renault R4. grinning

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