It’s no secret that we love the Mullin Automotive Museum, and when we heard they had some new gorgeous cars on display, we had to see what new beauties graced their showroom floor. Today we bring you one of their vintage stunners, in the form of this Delahaye Type 145, Chassis 48771. As always, the Mullin has all the glorious details on this retro racer. “Chassis 48771 is one of four race cars built for the Écurie Bleue racing team founded by Americans Laury and Lucy Schell. Prior to World War II, Lucy sent the car back to Delahaye, who kept it hidden to protect its valuable magnesium engine. Following the war, the engine and transmission were donated to André St. Blancard, the director of the Lycée Pilote de Montgeron trade school.
Peter Mullin acquired the car in 1987 and sent it to England for restoration by Crosswaite and Gardiner, where the engine was rebuilt and the original racing body recreated. In 2006, Jim Stranberg of High Mountain Classics reviewed the drawings for the type 145, 155, and 165 engines and determined conclusively that chassis 48771’s engine was the original magnesium model. The intact and original chassis 48771 is now owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum.” The Mullin is a museum that is not to be missed, for cars like this one. If you’re even remotely nearby (it is worth the drive!), or are just passing though the Oxnard area, be sure to take the time to stop at this fine collection of cars! Be sure to to check their hours first, as they are only open at select times.