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1946 Delage D6 Grand Prix

French Classics to Highlight Monterey Car Week Events

The Mullin Automotive Museum will display six French classics at various events during Monterey Car Week.

Selected from the museum’s collection, the vehicles will be showcased Aug. 16-20 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering; and The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the museum has announced.

“The motorcars we will bring to Monterey were specifically selected based on their competition history, as well as elegant styling and compelling stories,” said Peter Mullin, Mullin Automotive Museum founder. “Aligning with our objective, these meticulously maintained classics should be enjoyed on roads and race tracks.”

The vehicles include:

1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix

Scheduled to compete with Derek Hill behind the wheel at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway, the Type 51 is among the historically significant competition cars that will be driven the way they were truly intended. It returns as reigning pre-1940 Sports Racing and 1927-1951 Racing Cars class champion, and will also be driven later in the week to The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering.

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Competition Roadster

Mullin will drive the pre-war roadster, which was engineered over decades of racing with a body penciled by the era’s preeminent designers. The Type 57SC has already won best-in-class at The Quail, and now seeks to take the checkered flag at Laguna Seca.

1946 Delage D6 Grand Prix

Having secured podium finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949, the 24 Hours of Spa in 1949 and the 12 Hours of Paris in 1948, the Delage was driven by Henri Louveau as a works entry in period at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At this year’s Reunion, Peter Mullin’s son, Tim Mullin, will take the wheel. With only five in existence, the Rolex Reunion will offer a rare opportunity to see one at speed.

1950 Talbot-Lago T26C Grand Prix

Plans call for Dutch racer and 24 Hours of Le Mans veteran Hans Hugenholtz Jr to pilot the Talbot-Lago, which campaigned throughout Europe in period and has been a familiar sight at historic races under the ownership of Peter Mullin over the last 20 years. Chassis no. 110052 has raced throughout Europe, South America and North America.

1905 Leon Bolle

Produced in Le Mans France, the Leon will grace the golf course Aug. 20 as part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Leon was a popular entrant in early French automotive races, attaining then-blistering speeds of 30 mph.

1951 Bugatti 101C

Also entered in the Concours d’Elegance, the extremely rare, post-war Bugatti is the only 101C fitted with a supercharger, and the second of just seven produced. During the post-war era, the 101C was a last-ditch effort to revive the brand. Though unsuccessful, its importance cannot be overstated.