Gabriel Voisin exhibit to open at Mullin Automotive Museum in fall

Angelo Van Bogart |

Of the Old Cars Weekly staff and its army of contributors, only John Bellah has been in the doors of the Mullin Automotive Museum — and we’re all jealous of him. While we couldn’t be with Bellah during his coverage of the museum’s opening, its upcoming display of French Voisin automobiles looks like as good of a reason as any to make a trip to Oxnard, Calif. The display doesn’t open until fall, but it’s never too early to start planning a road trip.

Read on for the official release from the museum:

The Mullin Automotive Museum, a Southern California institution dedicated to the preservation of French art and automobiles from the Art Deco era, will premier an all-new exhibit celebrating the life and work of famed designer Gabriel Voisin (1880 – 1973) in fall 2012.

The exhibit will offer the most expansive look into Gabriel Voisin’s remarkable achievements in automobiles, aviation and architecture to date. Museum-goers will have the opportunity to view rare examples of Voisin’s diverse work including never-before-seen concept drawings and a display of the world’s largest collection of Voisin automobiles.

As one of the most significant designers of the early 20th century, Gabriel Voisin’s creations represent the pinnacle of design and innovation of the era. Voisin’s revolutionary designs include the first aircraft to take off under its own power and sustain flight (1907), the C6 Laboratoire racecars that triumphed over Bugatti (1922) and some of the world’s first modern prefabricated homes (1920).

“Rarely has there been an individual that has made such enormous contributions across so many disciplines as Gabriel Voisin,” said Peter Mullin, founder of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “It is both an honor and a privilege to celebrate a man whose designs made such an impact on the world.”

Further details on the exhibit will be released in the coming months. For more information on the Mullin Automotive Museum, log onto www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.

About the Mullin Automotive Museum
The Mullin Automotive Museum is a facility that pays homage to the art deco and machine age design eras (1918-1941) that produced exquisite art and magnificent automobiles. It officially opened its doors for the first time in the beach community of Oxnard, Calif., in spring 2010. For more information, please log onto www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.

A 1928 Voisin Lumineuse C-11 to be displayed

A 1934 Voisin C-27 Coupe to be part of the display.

A 1934 Voisin C-27 Coupe to be part of the display.

1934 Voisin C27 Grand Sport

This 1934 Voisin C27 Grand Sport is expected to be exhibited during the Gabriel Voisin display.

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