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The museum, formally the Schlumpf's woollen mill
The museum, formally the Schlumpf's woollen mill
Front entrance
Front entrance
The sight that greets you.
The sight that greets you.
Bugatti Type 35 & two electric Type 52s
Bugatti Type 35 & two electric Type 52s
Bugatti Type 13 BB, later became Peugeot Bébé.
Bugatti Type 13 BB, later became Peugeot Bébé.
Bugatti Type 57 SC
Bugatti Type 57 SC
Bugatti Type 55
Bugatti Type 55
Bugatti Type 55
Bugatti Type 55
Bugatti Type 55
Bugatti Type 55
Bugatti Royale, Ettore Bugatti's personal car. Chassis no. 41100
Bugatti Royale, Ettore Bugatti's personal car. Chassis no. 41100
Bugatti Royale. Park Ward body, chassis no. 41131
Bugatti Royale. Park Ward body, chassis no. 41131
Bugatti Royale. Park Ward body, chassis no. 41131
Bugatti Royale. Park Ward body, chassis no. 41131
Bugatti Royale. Park Ward body, chassis no. 41131
Bugatti Royale. Park Ward body, chassis no. 41131
Left Bugatti Type 41 Royale engine, right Bugatti-King H16 aero engine - 1918
Left Bugatti Type 41 Royale engine, right Bugatti-King H16 aero engine - 1918
Bugatti Royale, Chassis no. 41100. And our hard working cleaner.
Bugatti Royale, Chassis no. 41100. And our hard working cleaner.
Bugatti Type 51 twin-cam Grand Prix
Bugatti Type 51 twin-cam Grand Prix
Bugatti Type 32 'tank' Grand Prix - 1923
Bugatti Type 32 'tank' Grand Prix - 1923
Bugatti Type 32 'tank' Grand Prix - 1923
Bugatti Type 32 'tank' Grand Prix - 1923
Bugatti H16 twin-supercharged engine in Type 47 chassis.
Bugatti H16 twin-supercharged engine in Type 47 chassis.
Bugatti H16 twin-supercharged engine in Type 47 chassis.
Bugatti H16 twin-supercharged engine in Type 47 chassis.
Bugatti Type 53 four-wheel-drive racing car chassis.
Bugatti Type 53 four-wheel-drive racing car chassis.
Bugatti Type 59-50B - 1938
Bugatti Type 59-50B - 1938
Bugatti Type 251 Grand Prix car - 1956
Bugatti Type 251 Grand Prix car - 1956
Mercedes Benz SSK
Mercedes Benz SSK
Mercedes Benz W125 Grand Prix car - 1937
Mercedes Benz W125 Grand Prix car - 1937
Mercedes Benz W154 Grand Prix car - 1938
Mercedes Benz W154 Grand Prix car - 1938
Mercedes Benz W163 Grand Prix car - 1939
Mercedes Benz W163 Grand Prix car - 1939
Mercedes Benz W163 Grand Prix car - 1939
Mercedes Benz W163 Grand Prix car - 1939

In the spring of 1986 I had the chance to visit the famous Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse, France. Today it is know as the Cité de I'Automobile, Musée national de l'automobile, Collection Schlumpf, www.citedelautomobile.com/en/home.


However is '86 it was owned by the National Automobile Museum Association who didn't have the resources or will to run it well. At that time none of the restaurants had been opened, they only turned on the famous replica Paris street lights for 5 minutes every hour and there was one man looking after the collection in the hall. He told me dust was a huge problem as they hadn't washed the white stones on the floor before it was installed, hence everything was covered in a fine white dust, he only had the time to clean the Bugatti Royals.


With the lack of light photography was a challenge, you either had to wait for the lights to come on or hope the sun would shine through the sky light roof. I shot a combination of Kodak Kodachrome & Ektachrome slide film on my Minolta XD-7 35mm SLR.


Wikipedia has a reasonable telling of the story behind the Schlumpf brothers. If you can find a copy of 'The Schlumpf Obsession' by Denis Jenkinson & Peter Verstappen that goes into much more detail of their goings on!


The Schlumpf Collection - 1986