Open the hood of a modern car and you see …. lots of plastic. It’s sad. To keep people from meddling with anything beyond filling wiper fluid, automakers shield the engine with a cover. Accessing the engine is harder than getting into the Pope’s bedroom.

That makes the Mullin Automotive Museum’s annual “Under the Hood” event a bit like snagging a full access pass to the Vatican: You can see everything. This year, the Los Angeles classic car collection invited people to gawk at the inner workings of its collection of pre-war French vehicles, filled with brass, dust-covered fans, and carburetors.

These cars, from the likes of Bugatti, Renault, and Delahaye, exude class and elegance. And they look great from the outside, too.

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Gawk at the Inner Workings of France’s Pre-War Classic Cars