Incredible Classic French Cars In The US


Publish date: 2015-11-10 11:20:33
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The Mullins Automotive Museum in Santa Barbara, California is heaven on earth for classic car enthusiasts. Featuring dozens of cars that are priceless and completely unique, the museum houses one of the most astonishing collections of pre-war French automobiles anywhere in the world—yep, even inside France.

The Mullins museum has plenty of Bugatti’s to go around including 2013’s all-time most-valuable car of the year: the Type 57 Atlantique. A feast to the eyes as they may seem, we will look into the more unique and one-of-a-kind pieces in its priceless collection. Just don’t mind their “unpronounceable” names because they’re quite complicated to say out loud.

Below is a glimpse of what your eyes can feast upon inside the museum: ten French imports from the 1930s to 1950s that are absolutely breathtaking. We’ve included some bits of information for each stunner courtesy of topspeed.com.

  1. 1938 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza H6C “Xenia”

Production: 1

Power: 160 hp @ 3050 RPM

Top Speed: 110 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual gearbox

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2. 1925 Bugatti Type 27 Brescia Torpedo

Production: 1 of 2006

Power: 45 hp @ 3800 RPM

Top Speed: 78 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual gearbox

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3. 1938 Phantom Corsair Prototype

Production: 1

Power: 190 hp @ 4500 RPM

Top Speed: 115 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual gearbox

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4. 1931 Bugatti Type 54 Roadster

Production: 6

Power: 300 hp @4500 RPM

Top Speed: 124.20 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual gearbox

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5. 1936 Avions Voisin C28 Clairiere Berline

Production: 30

Power: 102 hp @ 3800 RPM

Top Speed: 89.64 mph

Transmission: 4-speed electromagnetic gearbox

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6. 1928 Avions Voisin C30 Cabriolet

Production: 1765

Power: 116 hp @ 4000 RPM

Top Speed: 71 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual gearbox with over

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7. 1929 Bugatti Type 40 Break De Chasse

Production: 780

Power: 50 hp @ 4500 RPM

Top Speed: 80 mph

Transmission: 4-speed Cotal pre-selector gearbox

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8. 1938 Peugeot 402L Cabriolet Metallique Decouvrable

Production: 500

Power: 55 hp @ 4000 RPM

Top Speed: 78 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual gearbox

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9. 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe

PRODUCTION: 36

POWER: 194 HP @ 4000 RPM

TOP SPEED: 125 MPH

TRANSMISSION: 4-SPEED WILSON PRE-SELECTOR GEARBOX

 

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10. 1951 Delahaye Type 235 Cabriolet

Production: 84

Power: 150 hp 4200 RPM

Top Speed: 105.57 mph

Transmission: Overhead valves

 

 

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A visit to the Mullins Automotive Museum truly is a one-of-a-kind experience. Word of advice: open days are limited and pre-printed tickets are required, so make sure to plan ahead before driving to California.

Reference:
http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/classic-showcase-coach-built-french-imports-1930-1950-ar160345.html
All images are from TopSpeed and Michael Furman Photography.

 

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