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The Mullin Automotive Museum Tour


In conjunction with the Orange County Section, the Los Angeles Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America was given a tour of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard.

The Mullin Automotive Museum pays homage to the art deco and machine age - eras that produced exquisite art and magnificent automobiles. The museum is home to examples of the finest historic French automobiles from Bugatti to Voisin as well as significant and representative decorative art from this same period.

Here are a few photos from the event.


Before we start, we should thank the lovely Shawn Athari (pictured to the left) and her husband
Bob Baumbach (holding the camera) for supplying us with these photos. Thank you Bob and Shawn!

Those who didn't attend may look at this next photo and wonder, "What is this?" The Mullin museum made headlines when it paid $365,000 for the corroded remains of a 1925 Bugatti Brescia that was submerged in Lake Maggiore for more than 70 years. How did $365K worth of Bugatti wind up in a lake?

The story, as I understand it, is this Bugatti Brescia Type 22 was built in 1925 and originally registered to an owner in Nancy, France. It was later sold to and registered by a Parisian owner.

Eventually, it wound up in the hands of a Swiss architect who reportedly never paid the import duties on the car. The local authorities in Ascona, where the car was stored in 1936, demanded that either the overdue fees be paid or the car destroyed. The fees weren't paid and the car was submerged in the lake. 40 years later (1967) it was discovered by a diver.

In 2009 the Bugatti, or what was left of it, was recovered by members of the local diving club.

It is estimated that about 20 percent of the original car remains. Much of the iron and steel rotted away, but the wood, aluminum, brass and rubber remained remarkably intact.

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