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Retromobile 2019

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Once again February brings us back to Paris, both for Retromobile, and for the traditional auctions of Artcurial, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams, a visual overdose enriched by a certain elegance, even if you start to perceive some slight fogging due to the changing tastes of the public. On the other hand it is for the market to dictate the show and not our personal interests.

This year Paris greeted us with windy days, but fortunately without the snow of last year. Alas the defections of the big automakers continue from their previous showcase of the Champs Elysées. First Citroen, Mercedes and Toyota left, now Peugeot has left its showroom too, leaving only Renault in the place that was a symbol of French motoring. How much longer before there are no showrooms on the Champs Elysées?

As usual, the Parisian show has attracted fans from all over the world. It is rich in novelties, celebrations of anniversaries, and exhibitions dedicated to specific brands. Even here there were alternate presences and absences: FCA is back, the absence of Mercedes-Benz is alas confirmed. Brand and/or model clubs attend in abundance, although their grouping together in Hall 3 reduces their presence a little.

Big celebrations took place of the centenary of Citroen with a great review of cars and prototypes, unfortunately narrow corridors meant the exhibits were difficult to walk around. Peugeot was a little poorly represented , maybe we had become used to better shows in previous years, whilst Renault chose to devote itself entirely to the ‘Turbo Years’, with the result of a series of cars of relative ‘aesthetic’ interest.

The general impression was of a reduced presence of real “vintage” cars in flavor of newer ‘classics’, which are evidently the most requested by the public today. This is the market! Fortunately the Teuf Teuf Club and the Compiègne Museum exhibited a rich collection of De Dion Bouton vehicles, while a specific exhibition was dedicated to the Bédélia, a classic of French cyclecars.

Another ‘gem’ on show was the monstrous Berliet T100, a giant destined for the African deserts and whose journey from Lyon to Paris constituted an adventure, considering its dimensions are ‘out of the norm’.

A rich collection of motorcycles from Gnome & Rhone was on show, as well as a display of the Citroen DS Chapron, in all their variants. Honda was celebrating the twenty years of the S2000 (too new in the Author’s opinion to be at such a show). The long suspension bridge between Hall 1 and 2 housed the Mini exhibition, celebrating their 60 years. There was an interesting cutaway Mini, but perhaps they could have included more variants : the Moke and the Mini Marcos appeared a bit lonely. As usual, the Saumur museum presented two tanks, a Sherman and a Panzer IV.

After lookinmg at all the displays there were plenty of opportunities to spend your money. There were many Dealers with their “jewels” and of course scale models, spare parts, books, and accessories. Add to that the wide range of goods from the many artists and artisans.

Again a show not to be missed where there is so much on offer that everyone can find lots of interest. The photographs below show some of the highlights of the show.

Citroën – 100 Years Display


Citroen GS Camargue Bertone 1972


Renault 1000kg Voltigeur 1956


Delahaye 135 M Figoni Falaschi 1946


BMW 320 Group 5 Junior Team 1977


Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione 1955


Lancia Rally 037 1982


Abarth 1000 monoposto record 1960


Jensen CV8 Mark III 1965


Classic early Léon Bollée advertising material


Wolseley Hornet Mark III 1969


Gnome Rhone motorcycle and side car outfit


Bédélia BD2 1912


Tiffany Golden Spirit 1986


Alfa Romeo 8c 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1939


Scale Models Club display on the theme – Peugeot


News from the Continent June/July/August 2018 – M4 Model Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

This article covers releases from June to August by M4 modelcars of Italy. The models are diecast to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise noted. M4 produce three different ranges:Art; Best; and Rio.

June 2018

ART Models

 

ART389 Ferrari 290 MM; Grand Prix of Portugal; Monsanto 1957 –A. de Changy #19 – 4th place

 

ART119/2 Ferrari 250 P – winner of the 12 hours of Sebring 1963 – Surtees/Scarfiotti #30

BEST models

 

BEST9709 Jaguar E-Type Spyder Electric -UK Royal Wedding 2018 – Harry and Meghan – Limited Edition

 

BEST 9710 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – 24 hours of Daytona 1969 – S. Posey/R. Rodriguez #41

 

BEST9711 Jaguar E-Type Coupe – Rallye Monte Carlo 1965 – Pinder/Pollard #104

 

BEST9712 Ferrari 308 GTS – USA-version 1979 – black

 

BEST9713 Fiat-Abarth 750 “Record Monza SCCA National Cumberland 1959 – Duncan Black #81

RIO

 

RIO4569 Fiat 501 – 1919 – La Saetta del Re – black

RIO4226-E Bugatti 41 Royale Weyman – 1929 – black and yellow

This model has been released previously in a higher cost version with special packaging. This is the release of a slightly simpler version at a considerably lower price point.

RIO4227-E Bugatti 41 Royale Weyman – 1929 – black and red

Like the yellow and black version above this model has been released previously in a higher cost version with special packaging. This is the release of a slightly simpler version at a considerably lower price point.

July 2018

ART Models

 

ART390 Ferrari 860 Monza – 2nd in Grand of Venezuela – Caracas 1956 – Juan Manuel Fangio #602

ART391 Ferrari 250 California LWB; winner of the Nassau Memorial Trophy Race 1959 – Bob Grossman #18

BEST Models

 

BEST9196-2 LOLA T70 Mk III –  Le Mans 24 hours 1968 – J.Epstein/E.Nelson

BEST9714 Ferrari 330 GTS 1967 light blue metallic

BEST9715 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – Le Mans Test 1968 – Grossman/Berney #15

 

BEST9716 Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 – winner of Rally Piancavallo 1980 – ”Nico”/Barban #4

RIO Models

 

RIO4570 Fiat 238 hearse

August 2018

ART Models

ART026-2 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – Dr. Giovanni Agnelli’s personal car

BEST Models

 

BEST9717 Ferrari 308 GTS – personal car of Gilles Villeneuve

 

BEST9718 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 “Safety Car Goodwood Revival 2013

 

BEST9719 Ferrari 512 BB LM – Silverstone 6 hours Relay 1981 – Salmon/Phillips

 

BEST9720 Porsche 356 B Carrera Abarth GTL – 12 hours of Sebring – Cassel/Sesslar

RIO Models

 

RIO4571 Fiat 1500 6C – Gasogeno 1935

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News from the Continent – M4 Model Car Group March 2018

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs provided by the manufacturer.

All the models listed below are made in diecast metal to 1:43 scale in Italy unless otherwise stated.

ART Models

ART381 Ferrari 500 TR

Winner SCCA Laguna Seca 1957 – Pete Loylely #125

 

ART382 Ferrari 250 California LWB Spider America 1958 – red

 

ART383 Ferrari 860 Monza

3rd in Mille Miglia 1956 – Luigi Musso #556

 

ART384 Ferrari 625 LM

8th in GP Venezuela 1956 – Pierro Drogo #36

 

ART385 Ferrari 860 Monza

2nd in Mille Miglia 1956 – Collins/Klementaski #551

 

ART386 Ferrari 500 TRC

12 hours of Sebring 1957 – 1st in 2.0 litre class – Hively/Ginter #28

 

BEST Models

BEST9694 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

Test car 1967 (new resin)

 

BEST 9695 Porsche 550 RS

Le Mans 1958 – 5th Godin de Beaufort/Linge #32

 

BEST9696 Jaguar E-Type Spyder

Elton John´s personal car.

 

BEST9697 Simca 1150 Abarth Rally 1963

 

BEST9698 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

9th in Targa Florio 1969 – Munari/Aaltonen (new resin)

 

BEST9699 Ferrari 250 LM Spyder

Test car 1965

 

BEST9700 Ferrari 250 LM Spyder

Pernis von Innsbruck/Tirol 1965 – Heini Walter #2 first in class

 

BEST9701 Porsche 550 RS

2nd in Targa Florio 1959 – Mahle/Strähle/Linge #118

 

BEST9702 Ferrari 330 GTC 1966

light blue metallic

 

BEST9703 Porsche 908/02 Flounder

Interseries Norisring 1970 – Niki Lauda #39

 

Image of car – no model shot available

BEST9704 Abarth 2000 SE

Mont Ventoux 1969 – Arturo Merzario #49 – 2nd – 1st in its class

 

BEST9705 Alfa Romeo TZ2

Pergusa Jolly Hotel Rally 1965 – De Adamich/Lini #148

 

RIO Models

RIO4560 Fiat 238 Tetto Alto

Service Van Lancia Racing 1975-1977

 

RIO4561 Volkswagen Beetle with skis 1953

This is again a very strange looking model. This Beetle has an oval rear window from 1953, but lacks the quarter lights in the doors and has the bumpers of a 1948 car. In between the windscreen wipers  there are air intake slots like those fitted to the Beetle from 1968 onwards. The rear lights are round, in original it were oval to this time. The model has been put together with no regard for accuracy.

 

RIO4562 Fiat 1500 6C

Police 1950

 

RIO4563 Fiat 519

Italian Red Cross 1932

 

RIO4564 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Green

 

RIO4565 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe 1953

Bordeaux red

Once again a very strange looking model and unauthentic. Oval rear window from 1953, but no quarter lights fitted at that time.bumpers of a 1948 car. In between the windscreen wipers  there are air intake slots like those fitted to the Beetle from 1968 onwards. The rear lights are round, in original it were oval to this time. The model has again been put together with no regard for accuracy.

 

RIO4566 Fiat 18 BL truck 1918

Italian Army


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