Travel: The Mullin Automotive Museum Is Celebrating The Golden Era Of Coachbuilding

The Mullin Automotive Museum Is Celebrating The Golden Era Of Coachbuilding

By Michael Banovsky
May 26, 2016

Photography courtesy of the Mullin Automotive Museum

It’s almost impossible to look at a modern vehicle and trace its lineage, bit by bit, back to its ancestors. In the early days, technological progress moved slowly—but that meant other areas, like coachbuilding, could flourish. The Mullin Automotive Museum is already the place to visit for Pre-War French and coachbuilt cars, but its recent exhibit goes back even farther into the past—heck, even Bugatti made carriages.

For this exhibit, the museum begins several carriages, including “Dog Cart,” “Park Victoria,” and “Phaeton” styles, with most of them constructed in the 1800s before the invention of the motorcar. To show visitors how similar early vehicles are to these rudimentary carts, there’s a selection of elegantly coachbuilt motorcars that complete the exhibit.

It’s unlikely you’ll see a 1905 Richard-Brasier Type D Tourer or a 1913 Peugeot Model BP1 Bébé on the roads all that often (or even here in Petrolicious), but when placed in the museum with their contemporaries, it’s clear the early days of driving were as exciting as ever—but a lot more bespoke.

H/T to the Mullin Automotive Museum

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Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
7 years ago

The ‘ golden ‘ era of coach building is today … not some far off mythical place in the distant past . Anyone who says otherwise has their head stuck in the past unwilling to see the level of craftsmanship and genius going on today …. e.g. Steve Moal etc

So a nice exhibit at a great museum [ though it is ironic that Mullin is now contradicting his own stated purpose for the museum … hmmmmm ] … but ………..

7 years ago

I have never heard of this place. I love the lay out. It looks like you can actually get up close and personal with the collection.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
7 years ago
Reply to  Derelict

It is a nice ‘ museum ‘ but like all museums you’ll never get up close and personal with any of the exhibits . In fact if anything the Mullin keeps you farther away than some . Still well worth a visit mind you … but don’t be deluded by the photos …

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
7 years ago

What a cool exhibition.
Looks like fun stuff to work on.

Thanks for sharing.

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