Santa Ana, Calif., June 6, 2017 – Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, to host special car exhibit entitled “European Classic Automobiles – featuring the First Bugatti.”  The gathering of extremely rare automobiles will be presented alongside the Museum’s historic aircraft, July 1 – September 4, 2017, on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.  
 
Lyon Air Museum is known for the rarity of the automobiles featured during its annual Summer Car Exhibits, and this year is no exception. The Museum is excited to share with its visitors “European Classic Automobiles – featuring the First Bugatti.” Arguably the star attraction of this Summer’s exhibit is the 1908 Bugatti Type 10.  Constructed in a basement during the winter of 1908-1909, this exact Bugatti, “Le Petit Pur Sang,” or “The Small Pure-Blood,” was painstakingly built by Ettore Bugatti’s own hands.  
 
Having on display the world’s very first ever Bugatti in itself would be a significant exhibit.  Nonetheless, visitors to the exhibit are also treated to up-close views of vintage cars from other European manufacturers as well, including Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Porsche.  
 
Mercedes-Benz is represented with an exceedingly rare and extraordinary race-inspired 1937 supercharged Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, considered by many as the pinnacle of 1930s luxury automobile design.  Of the twenty-six 540K Special Roadsters built between 1936 and 1939, this impeccably restored, ultra rare example is one of only four built with left-hand drive.  
 
Also among the European cars displayed during this special exhibit is a Bugatti Type 35B racecar once owned by former British Royal Navy pilot and flamboyant race car driver, Duncan Hamilton.  Notably, Hamilton went on in 1953 to win the famous Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Race. 
 
Lyon Air Museum represents the realization of a dream of founder General William Lyon, an iconic Orange County home builder and philanthropist.  As a former combat pilot, and ultimately Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979, his passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum.  In establishing the museum, General Lyon has created a world-class facility, offering educational tours and displays to inspire young people.  The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles.
 
Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA  92707.  
P: 714/210-4585.     E: info@lyonairmuseum.org.     W: www.lyonairmuseum.org. 
 
Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission rates: General admission--$12; Seniors and Veterans--$9; Ages 5-17--$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more--$1 off each visitor.   
 
 
Media Contact:  Corrin Quezada
                        Lyon Air Museum
                        714/210-4585
                        corrinquezada@lyonairmuseum.org
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