Celebrated Southern California Collection Partners with
Renowned Coachbuilder to Complete a Jean Bugatti Masterpiece
Oxnard, Calif. (April 27, 2011) – The Peter Mullin Automotive Museum
Foundation, organized to support nonprofit public charities that are
dedicated to the study, preservation and public display of classic
automobiles or public education regarding classic automobiles, has
selected Automobile Metal Shaping Company (AMS), to construct the body
for Jean Bugatti’s famed 1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe Chassis #64002.
Originally designed and constructed by Jean Bugatti (Ettore Bugatti’s
eldest son), the 1939 Bugatti Type 64 chassis was never completed, as
Bugatti tragically died while test driving the Le Mans winning Bugatti
Type 57 C “Tank”.
In celebration of Bugatti’s legacy, the Peter Mullin
Automotive Museum Foundation, Art Center College of Design and Stewart
Reed Design collaborated to produce a concept based upon Jean Bugatti’s
original drawings. AMS has been entrusted with the great honor of
completing this revolutionary work of art based on their depth of
experience in automotive restoration and prototype construction.
Peter Mullin, Chairman of the Board of the Peter Mullin Automotive
Museum Foundation and Chairman and Founder of the Mullin Automotive
Museum states, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of
Automobile Metal Shaping Company as the coachbuilder to complete this
historic automobile. AMS is known among top collectors and
manufacturers for their extraordinary work with exceptional cars.
Similar to the Type 64, Mike Kleeves and his team at AMS have one foot
in the past and one foot in the future – with all the skills of
old-world craftsman and the imagination of the modern automotive design
industry. Jean Bugatti would be happy to see this car completed.”
Stewart Reed, Principal of Stewart Reed Design states, “While we want
to respect the Type 64’s evolution from the Type 57 as a dramatic new
coupe, Bugatti was clearly pushing design into new materials use as
evidenced by the lovely all-aluminum chassis reminiscent of aircraft
construction. Kleeves’ proven reputation with the best technologies and
his deep appreciation for quality automotive development are key to our
realizing what Bugatti was intending for the Type 64.”
Mike Kleeves, Director and Owner of Automobile Metal Shaping Company is
honored and excited to help finish Jean Bugatti’s Type 64 for the Peter
Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation.
Bugatti’s Type 64, designed as a successor to the Bugatti Type 57, was
originally constructed with a wheelbase of 130-inches and a 3.3-liter
DOHC engine with 135 horsepower and was able to reach 120 mph at top
speed. AMS will honor the original concept and design of the vehicle
incorporating the vehicles’ originally-proposed papillon door, slightly
different in its architecture from a gullwing door – which Jean Bugatti
designed in 1939, fourteen years before Mercedes-Benz produced their
similar, famous 300SL gullwing door.
About the Mullin Automotive Museum:
The Mullin Automotive Museum is a facility that pays homage to the art
deco and machine age – eras that produced exquisite art and magnificent
automobiles. The museum is home to examples of the finest historic
French automobiles from the Bugatti to the Voisin, as well as
significant and representative decorative art from this same period.
Housed in the building previously owned by legendary newspaperman, Otis
Chandler, this 46,821 sq. foot museum will incorporate elements that
reference the past as well as the present in its distinctive design.
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