Mission: back to the past

Glasurit expert reproduces the original paintwork of the cars in the world's biggest Bugatti exhibition
Mission: back to the past (PresseBox) (Münster/Mulhouse, ) To mark the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the French automobile marque of Bugatti, the world's biggest car museum, Cité de l'Automobile, Schlumpf Collection, is having its collection restored to reproduce the original exhibits. In the process, following the motto of "the best deserve only the best", the experts are putting their faith in the Classic Car Colors of Glasurit®, a BASF Coatings paint brand. On its 25,000 square metres of floor space, this museum in Alsace houses, among other things, the world's biggest Bugatti collection consisting of more than a hundred specimens of this fascinating automobile marque. Behind this collection there is an impressive period of automobile history: covering a total of 500 vintage cars, the collection was put together by the Schlumpf brothers in the years up to 1977. In the end, the price the two Swiss textiles manufacturers paid for their passion for collecting high-quality vehicles was their company's insolvency. Thanks to the intervention of the French state, the entire collection was preserved and - quite rightly - classed as a national monument!

And, as not everybody may put his hands on the cars of this prestigious luxury marque, the automobile museum assigned this task to an expert: Hubert Haberbusch from Strasbourg has been restoring cars for more than 40 years and has already been commissioned to carry out other projects relating to the Schlumpf Collection. When it comes to dealing with such ambitious projects, Haberbusch and the staff of his body repair shop have put their faith in Glasurit for many years now. Working in coordination with the Schlumpf Museum's curator, Richard Keller, Haberbusch is using the Classic Car Colors of Glasurit® to faithfully and lovingly reproduce the original colours with meticulous attention to detail. Such restoration projects usually take six to 18 months.

Mission: back to the past

To make it possible for the vintage cars to be actually restored in a manner true to the original exhibits, a Glasurit technician is meticulously examining the car bodies so as to track down the original colours. The colours of the Bugattis are being determined with the help of curator Keller and with the support of the Schlumpf Museum. This is an important operation that helps the team to track down the original colour formulas. Not until the mixing formula for the paint has been identified can the experts restore the Bugattis' original paintwork.

That is why the next few weeks will see Haberbusch, the Schlumpf Museum staff and Glasurit technician Daniel Jost coming together again to start the job of restoring the Bugattis, one item at a time.

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