The Mullin Automotive Museum is about to complete a historic automotive project, shut down for decades when legendary automotive designer Jean Bugatti died in a road test crash in 1939.
The Oxnard museum has completed the build of Bugatti’s last car by fitting a body to a Type 64-model chassis that was constructed just before his death at age 30.
Stewart Reed Design of Pasadena and Automobile Metal Shaping Co. of Kimball, Mich., helped design and build the body, which was mounted on Type 64 Coupe Chassis No. 64002. The team designed a body to mimic what they envisioned Bugatti would have built. They based the body on incomplete sketches left by the designer.
The finished car will make its first public appearance at an event called the Quail: A Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 17 at Quail Lodge in Carmel, Calif., just before the Pebble BeachConcours d'Elegance. It will go on display at the museum after that.