You have booked a weekend in Mulhouse to discover the country with 3 borders and you don’t yet know exactly what to do? Don’t panic, this city is full of activities that are both cultural and surprising. After leaving your online casino to go to the very famous Casino Barrière in Blotzheim, why not head to the Cité de l’Automobile? Contrary to what you might think, you don’t have to be a hothead to appreciate these memorable collections, especially from the Bugatti Royale!
The history of the city for the car in Mulhouse
Also known as the National Automobile Museum – Schlumpf Collection, or simply the Schlumpf Museum, the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse houses one of the largest collections of emblematic vehicles in the history of the European automobile. The latter mainly consists of the collection of two brothers, Hans and Fritz Schlumpf, owners of the largest private collection of sports and luxury cars in the world.
After shining in the wool industry by taking over a spinning mill and then several others, in Mulhouse, between the years 1935 and 1976, the two brothers started collecting old cars in the early 1960s. from an early age, Fritz already participated in several rallies at the wheel of his Bugatti 35B.
In 1963, more than 200 cars were already stored at one of their former textile factories. Three years later, Fritz Schlumpf decided to show this collection to the public and converted part of the warehouse to create the Schlumpf Museum. In 1976, the textile industry was at its worst and the family business went bankrupt. The brothers left Mulhouse for Switzerland and never returned.
After much legal wrangling, the collection was bought out by the city and the National Association of Automobile Museum Owners. Today, the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse is the largest car museum in the world. Its colossal and breathtaking collection, priceless and unique, makes it the “Louvre of the automotive world”.
A legendary collection
The collection now includes more than 450 prestigious cars. The vast majority of them date from the beginning of car production up to the 1970s, but there are also a few much later Grand Prix racing cars.
If it is impossible to estimate the value of this collection, during this trip we learn that the second most expensive car was recently estimated at more than 60 million euros. In the lead is a Bugatti Royale of which there are only 6 copies in the world and which was bought by a British owner in the 1970s for next to nothing. Today, the latter is simply priceless.
The collection is presented in chronological order, starting with a two-cylinder Jacquot steam car from 1878. Then there are all kinds of vehicles, from children’s cars to classic cars, including modern vehicles, passenger cars, luxury and racing models.
Among the masterpieces of the collection, one can especially observe the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost from 1924 by Charlie Chaplin and an incredible collection of Bugattis including the Bugatti 41 coupe Napoleon by Ettore Bugatti personally.
A wealth of activities to discover on site
The Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse probably owes its success to the various activities offered on site. There is a cinema showing 3D films, a garage, a go-kart track, a video games area and many cafés and restaurants, including the famous gastronomic restaurant Le Fangio.
The museum also has a private car track where excellent cars regularly parade and where it is possible to rent an emblematic vehicle for a few minutes of unforgettable sensations.