Are you obsessed with flat engines? Your cat is called Ferry? Sometimes you even dream in German? We have found for you the keys of paradise..!
Invited to La Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, France, we are already pleased. The museum gathers the amazing Schlumpf collection which counts 464 cars. This is the largest Bugatti collection worldwide with 123 models! Including the famous Bugatti Type 41 Coupe Napoléon… Slam the door behind you, we will sleep here.
Welcome to Porsche paradise: Masterpieces from the Régis Mathieu Collection
After a few hours dreaming, it is towards the temporary exhibition that one moves. We can read on the walls “Porsche: Chef-d’oeuvres de la collection Régis Mathieu” (Porsche: Masterpieces from Régis Mathieu collection). A title that says a lot about what awaits us.
Porsche 718 RSK Spyder
Accompanied by the collector and brilliant chandelier creator Régis Mathieu, we enter the first room. Face to face with a Porsche 718 RSK Spyder ..! The tone is set.
It’s a very special atmosphere around us. The lights are subdued, close to the dark, only a few chandeliers illuminate the cars. Each chandelier, or almost, is associated with a car. Tête-à-tête time!
Under our bewildered eyes, one of the thirty-four original Porsche 718 RSK ever built (pinch us, are we dreaming?). This model produced in 1959 is the ultimate evolution of the Spyder, the height of the series, which includes James Dean’s famous 550 Little Bastard.
RSK is for RennSport Kurz, which means Short MotorSport because it has been built with a short wheelbase (efficient German way of thinking). In the purest tradition of the aluminum barchetta, this model is built around a tubular frame that makes it light, agile and fast. 530kg only, for 148cv and a top speed of 250km/h which forge the reputation of the young Mexican driver Ricardo Rodriguez (prodigy died at only 20 years old during 1962 Mexican Grand Prix free practices). Regis Mathieu told us that he has a (legitimate) feeling of being the guardian of a small part of the Porsche and automotive history.
Porsche 904 GTS
This car takes all the light that spreads the impressive Jellyfish chandelier. Splendid contrast between the round design of the bodywork and the naturalistic baroque shapes of the chandelier created by La Lustrerie Mathieu. The silver-gray Porsche 718 seems to emerge from the darkness while the golden jellyfish floats in the air. Gorgeous !
On the side, a 904 GTS attracts us. The Sea Urchin chandelier is elegantly reflected in the Porsche convex windshield. Dozens of bright dots radiate on the car.
On the back wall, the glossy surface reflects the racing car. Sometimes we have the impression that there are several. Régis Mathieu wished to underline the creative genius and the splendid shape of the polyester bodywork. A masterpiece signed Butzi Porsche, the eldest son of Ferry Porsche.
The 904 GTS was only produced to 100 units and this particular one only has 3,800 kilometers (Are you still alive?)!
Régis Mathieu has always been passionate about cars, but he is a special collector.
During the visit that he has the pleasure to comment, we felt a real love for crafts, design, beautiful and well done pieces of art. As inexhaustible on his lustrier job as his cars and chandeliers collection, it is for him (and for us too) a real pleasure to share his passions.
Collector of cars but not only, he is concern about the preservation of cultural heritage. Well-known restorer of chandeliers, he had the opportunity to work for la galerie des glaces du Chateau de Versailles among other prestigious names.
Porsche 356 Speedster and Porsche Carrera RS 2.7L
The exhibition also features a great Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 from 1954: Régis Mathieu’s first car. The Beetle drove him naturally to a red Porsche 356 Speedster which he has owned since the age of 21 (heart attack) ! Missing link between Volkswagen and Porsche production.
Last anecdote, you will also find an amazing Porsche Carrera RS 2.7L. Régis Mathieu acquired it by trading it for his 2.2L E (+ a little amount of cash). The former owner preferred the 2.2L Mcpherson smooth suspensions. At the age of 22 years, he already was the proud owner of a 356 Speedster and 911 Carrera RS 2.7L ! Yes, it is true and we could continue like that for a long time. He bought, without knowing, the red 911 S press car which was on every launch catalogs and posters!!
Mr. Mathieu, you are truly a great visionary.
You must visit the fabulous Régis Mathieu’s Porsche collection!
from July 12 to October 15 2018,
at La Cité de l’Automobile, Mulhouse, France.
Discover “Collec Mathieu” story at the top of our Instagram profile.
Most importantly keep it #FuntoDrive.