Crazy FRENCH CARS converge on the Murphy!!

You never know where the French will show up next. Like a whispering wind, you don’t see them until they appear in droves for a sudden get-together.

This weekend, wee Frenchies appeared at the Murphy Museum for all of us to enjoy. Citroens, Peugeots and others I couldn’t identify. But some very cool stuff. Shoulda brought some baguettes… but here they are.

**The Museum is NOW OPEN. Come in for a visit on the weekend!


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THE WRAP INSTITUTE VINYL WRAPS A 1997 CHEVY TAHOE – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 700 – For Vlog 700, Fireball heads to The Murphy Museum to watch the Wrap Institute wraps a 1997 Chevy Tahoe.


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TONY DOW DRIVES A 1964 AVANTE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 632 – Fireball picks up buddy Tony Dow and whisks he, his wife Lauren, Kathie and Ken to The Murphy Auto Museum to drive a 1964 Avante!

The Murphy Auto Museum, located in Oxnard, California, is a collection of over 90 beautiful vintage automobiles and Americana housed inside a 30,000 square foot facility. Our unique collection spans from 1903 to present day.

We are also home to one of the largest H/O scale train layouts, with many scale miles of track. Enjoy watching passenger and freight trains as they wind their way through cities, towns and the countryside.

Tony Dow (born April 13, 1945) is an American film producer, director, sculptor, and television actor.

Dow is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, which ran in primetime from 1957 to 1963. Dow played Wally Cleaver, the elder son of June (played by Barbara Billingsley) and Ward Cleaver (played by Hugh Beaumont) and the brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers).

Dow was born in Hollywood, California, to John Stevens Dow, Jr. (1908–1987), a designer and general contractor, and Muriel Virginia Dow (née Montrose) (May 27, 1906 – April 30, 2001), a stunt woman in early Westerns and Clara Bow’s movie double in Hollywood.

In his youth, Dow was a Junior Olympics diving champion. He won the role of Wally Cleaver in a casting call with almost no previous acting experience.

Dow acted in the series until it ended in 1963. After that, he appeared in the television series My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Novak (five episodes in three different roles), The Greatest Show on Earth, and Never Too Young.

From 1965 to 1968, he served in the National Guard, interrupting his acting career. On his return to acting, he was a guest star in the television series Adam-12, Love American Style, Knight Rider, Square Pegs, The Mod Squad, The Hardy Boys, and Emergency!.

He has been married to his wife, Lauren, since 1980. They have one child and two grandchildren.

The StudebakerAvanti is a personal luxury coupe manufactured and marketed by Studebaker Corporation between June 1962 and December 1963. The automaker marketed the Avanti as “America’s Only 4 Passenger High-Performance Personal Car.”

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Fireball heads north out of Malibu to The Murphy Automotive Museum to see a Volkswagen Bug Show. Finds Camper Vans too…

The Volkswagen Beetle from WIKIPEDIA… Officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in Germany the Käfer (German, “beetle”) and in the English-speaking world the Bug – is a two-door, four passenger, rear-engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.

The need for this kind of car, and its functional objectives, was formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country’s new road network.

Hitler contracted Ferdinand Porsche in 1934 to design and build it.[12] Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalise the design. The influence on Porsche’s design of other contemporary cars, such as the Tatra V570 and the work of Josef Ganz remains a subject of dispute.

The result was one of the first rear-engined cars since the Brass Era. With 21,529,464 produced,[13] the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers from 1945 on (mass production had been put on hold during the Second World War) when the model was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen (or “People’s Car”).

Later models were designated Volkswagen 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302 or 1303, the former three indicating engine displacement, the latter two derived from the type number.

The model became widely known in its home country as the Käfer (German for “beetle”) and was later marketed as such in Germany,[4] and as the Volkswagen in other countries. For example, in France it was known as the Coccinelle (French for ladybug).

The original 25 hp Beetle was designed for a top speed around 100 km/h (62 mph), which would be a viable speed on the Reichsautobahn system. As Autobahn speeds increased in the postwar years, its output was boosted to 36, then 40 hp, the configuration that lasted through 1966 and became the “classic” Volkswagen motor.

The Beetle ultimately gave rise to variants, including the Karmann Ghia, Type 2 and external coachbuilders. The Beetle marked a significant trend, led by Volkswagen, Fiat, and Renault, whereby the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout increased from 2.6 percent of continental Western Europe’s car production in 1946 to 26.6 percent in 1956.

The 1948 Citroën 2CV and other European models marked a later trend to front-wheel drive in the European small car market, a trend that would come to dominate that market.

In 1974, Volkswagen’s own front-wheel drive Golf model succeeded the Beetle. In 1994, Volkswagen unveiled the Concept One, a “retro”-themed concept car with a resemblance to the original Beetle, and in 1998 introduced the “New Beetle”, built on the contemporary Golf platform with styling recalling the original Type 1. It remained in production through 2010, being succeeded in 2011 by the more aggressively styled Beetle.

In the 1999 Car of the Century competition, to determine the world’s most influential car in the 20th century, the Type 1 came fourth, after the Ford Model T, the Mini, and the Citroën DS.

Incredible VINTAGE TRAILER BASH in Buellton! – FMV445

Visit the Murphy Automotive Museum in Oxnard!

Fireball Malibu Vlog 445 sends Fireball and Kathie (Thanks to The Murphy Automotive Museum) to the VINTAGE TRAILER BASH in Buellton, Ca. 187 Vintage Trailers and the incredible Classic Cars that pull them. SHARE Today’s Vlog!


SUPER RARE 350HP DATSUN Fairlady! – FMV436

Go to the MURPHY!

Fireball Malibu Vlog sends Fireball and Kathie to the Montecito Cars & Coffee, a Ventura Art Show and the Murphy Automotive Museum. Cool cars all around! SHARE Today’s Vlog!



Fireball and his crew head to Supercar Sunday to meet up with the likes of CAITLYN JENNER, Supercar Host DUSTIN TROYAN and more! Then, off to Oxnard’s MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM. SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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