Cité de l’Automobile / Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse, France

by Sara Norris

My last stop in France before going over the border to Switzerland was Mulhouse. Not because of the city itself, but because of the Cité de l’Automobile car museum – Schlumpf Collection. There is such an overwhelming amount of cars there. Although the really vintage cars are interesting to look at, I personally prefer when they started to look like real cars so to say, and there were some pearls there that I just wanted to put in my pocket and take home. That red Alfa Romeo 8C, Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Renault Alpine A442, old Ferraris… and I absolutely love the Vaillante Grand Défi (never even heard of that one before this), it’s beautiful. Obviously a lot of French vehicles in this building – Bugatti being the top name. If there’s Bugatti, there’s the Veyron too of course, however they’ve hidden it in a dark room so you won’t get too excited about it = photos didn’t turn out good. Oh well, I prefer some of the previously mentioned old classics over the Veyron anyway: for the cost of a Veyron you get a hangar full of epic classics ;)

Cité de l’Automobile is absolutely recommended for any car enthusiast, it is an one of a kind car collection and a piece of automotive history you can’t find elsewhere. Even if you’re not super interested in the really ancient models – and there are hundreds of them there, you will at least appreciate some of the more recent classics on display.

Cite de l'Automobile

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