By Fabrizio Panico
All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.
This year neither floods nor snow deterred enthusiasts from queuing at the Retromobile gates: it was as usual a demonstration of the strong interest and appreciation of the public for an event rich in elegance and real wonders, and still unaffected by the “giganticism” now prevailing at Germanic events. It is also free of the vast amount of vehicles bearing “for sale” signs typical of many other shows. But floods and snow were not the only “surprises” of my annual excursion to Paris: Citroen, Mercedes and Toyota have all abandoned their showrooms on the Champs Elysées after many years presence, leaving only Renault and Peugeot in a place which has long symbolised Parisian motoring. Too bad!!
Many birthday treats: 70 years of Porsche and Honda, of the 2CV and 203. 50 years of the Mehari and 504, and many others especially the 120 years of Renault, celebrated with a magnificent selection from the manufacturer collection and by many exhibitors bringing rare specimens of Billancourt’s production.
Exhibitors also showed many different “mini collections”:
- The magnificent display of record cars by the Autodrome of Linas-Montlhéry;
- The many Abarths of the Moll collection;
- The rarities of the Museum of Beaulieu;
- Vehicles of the Museum of Compiègne and Club Teuf-Teuf,
- The collection of the cars of Jean-Pierre Wimille, and;
- The armoured vehicles of the Museum of Saumur, and many others.
As is usual there were a lot of dealers present. There were also some manufacturers, though this year Mercedes-Benz was absent, and of course the car clubs associated with the brands or specific models. In addition there were also cars entered into the auction of Artcurial. As ever this was accompanied by sellers of scale models, spare parts and books, accessories and the work of Artists and Craftsmen. An “overdose” for every enthusiast, where almost everyone can find something to satisfy their interest.
An appointment not to be forgotten: The next Retromobile is from the 6th to 10th of February 2019.
I hope you enjoy the photographs below which capture a small part of this marvellous event.
a look at some of the stalls of models and memorabilia
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