Further details about a new motor museum in England have been unveiled by Peter Mullin of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. The American businessman and car collector extraordinaire announced his plans in early 2018. In March he told Octane magazine: “It won’t just be about classics, however. We want to celebrate not just where we’ve been but where we’re going.”

A site had been chosen in Great Tew in the scenic Cotswolds, where a 160 acres location was chosen for the new museum building (to be called ‘The Mullin at Great Tew’), a hotel, 28 lodges, and possibly a demonstration track.

Peter Mullin at The Mullin at Great Tew announcement.

Not everyone was pleased with the idea but over nine months later it seems that most of the opposition is now committed to Mullin’s plans. The proposals now also include a £1.7million investment in local housing, a new car park for a primary school and ‘environmental improvements’. Architect Norman Foster – ‘Britain’s greatest living architect’ in Mullin’s words, is signed to build the new premises which will house some 200 vehicles.

Among the cars in Mullin’s California museum (since 2010) you can find an extraordinary collection of Citroen’s, many of them with coach-built bodies.

Mullin’s collection in California consists of a large number of Pre Wars, among them – an ultra-rare Bugatti 57C Atlantic and the famous Bugatti Type 22 pulled from the watery depths of the Lago Maggiore in 2011.

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
Bugatti Type 22 pulled from Lago Maggiore