Federico “Fritz” Schlumpf and Giovanni “Hans” Schlumpf are two brothers born in Omegna, Italy. These two men are the greatest car collectors in the world. The have established their headquarters in Mulhouse, Alsace and they have started a wealthy textile business that soon become an empire.
During the 1940s they have managed to buy more than 200 rare and exotic cars after the World War II ended. In 1960s they have started to display the cars for the public but their business had some trouble and they were forced by a conglomerate that also included City of Mulhouse, The Automobile Club de France and the organizers of the Paris motor show to compensate the liquidation with cars
Nowadays, the Schlumpf Collection is one of the notorious car collection in the world and it can be seen at the world’s largest automotive museum – the Cite de L’Automobile.
As you may have read, the museum is located in Mulhouse, a city in the Alsace region of eastern France and it is a must for any car enthusiast. If you don’t have a car to drive on those magnificent roads you can use the TGV for a four-hour trip. It is a great museum and you mustn’t missed it if you are across France.
An interesting fact is that the Schlumpf Collection is the largest Bugatti collection in the world and 123 of Molsheim-based models are in the Cite de L’Automobile.
In 1964 the Schlumpf Collection had 50 Bugatti and 18 of them were old cars of Ettore Bugatti himself. In 1967, the two brothers have managed to purchase no less than 105 Bugatti models. This is pretty impressive, huh. But enough with the words.
Let’s see a few pictures with the impressive Schlumpf Collection cars and don’t forget if you have time just visit this museum. It is open from 10 AM daily and the entry is reasonable at 11 euros per adult.