The 1972 Citroën SM will be on display at Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival on Wednesday, August 17th. The SM debuted in 1970 as Citroën's top of the line grand tourer. It made use of Citroën's famous oleopneumatic suspension system first introduced on the revolutionary DS and is powered by a potent V6 developed by Maserati. The SM was ahead of its time as a high-speed grand touring car and received many accolades from period publications including Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1972.
McCall's Motorworks Revival
A firm believer that race cars are meant to be exercised on the track, Peter Mullin and his son Tim Mullin will compete at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 18-22, in three of the museum's historically significant Grand Prix cars.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The Mullin Automotive Museum will enter four automobiles at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, August 21st. The first of these is the museum's 1912 Delaunay-Belleville Omnibus, a motorcar known at the time for being the most desirable of the luxury French marques. These desirable automobiles were the favorites of royals such as Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (who had 7 in his garage by 1912), King Alphonso XIII of Spain and the social elite throughout Europe. The Mullin will also show its 1938 Delahaye Type 135M with body by Figoni et Falaschi. This example, known informally as 'The Star of India' was owned originally by explorer and businessman Casimir Jourde and was delivered to his estate in India shortly after it was built. One of only three surviving cars penned by Joseph Figoni for the Paris Auto Salon featuring the curved arcs later known as 'French Curves' that helped establish the Art Deco movement, was eventually found on wooden blocks in a garden shed in Jodhpur before it was acquired by The Mullin and restored to its former glory. The museum's 1937 Delahaye Type 145 coupe is one of four originally ordered by Ecurie Bleue racing team owner Lucy Schell to compete in the famous Million Franc Challenge issued by the French government. The Mullin owns three of the four cars, one of which actually won the million franc prize at the hands of Rene Dreyfus. This particular chassis went to coachbuilder Henri Chapron to be rebodied into a touring car in 1939, but after delays due to the war it was finally completed as a two-seat coupe. Lastly, the museum will be displaying its stunning 1939 Delage D8-120. This sleek car was also bodied by Chapron and is powered by a potent V8 engine. The D8-120 was renowned in its time for its excellent handling and staggering good looks. This particular example has a colorful history, as it was owned by a French general, then sold to RKO Studios in Hollywood where it was used in the movie An American in Paris, where it transported actor Gene Kelly around the City of Lights alongside actress Nina Foch. The car was purchased in 1987 by The Mullin and restored to its original condition. Part of The Mullin Automotive Museum's mission is to show and exhibit its cars, sharing their stories and educating the public on the fascinating history of these rolling sculptures. Monterey Car Week provides an unparalleled stage on which to showcase the beautiful French designs that exemplify the museum's mission. For more information on the Mullin Automotive Museum, please visit please visit www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com or call 805.385.5400.
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Mullin Automotive Museum is located at 1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033, in the building formerly occupied by the Otis Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife. The museum is typically open to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10 AM to 3 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.MullinAutomotiveMuseum.com. Semi-Private tours are offered on Tuesdays at 10 AM and Thursdays at 11 AM for $40 per person. Other weekdays may be available by appointment. Reservations are required. For information on semi-private tours or on Mullin 1000 Club membership benefits, please call 805.385.5400.
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