After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, France’s major vintage car gathering Rétromobile has returned to Parc de Versailles in Paris for another terrific show.
“Finally, we can celebrate together this 46th edition of Retromobile and the opening after two years of absence of one of the most beautiful motor shows in the world”, declared the director of the exhibition Jean-Sébastien Guichaoua. “The passion never disappeared, far from it. We are happy to see car dealers, car restorers (sellers, mechanics, manufacturers), auctions, miniatures, components, car event organizers… Retromobile is an invitation to travel back in time, at the heart of our rolling heritage.
The show was reduced to two halls instead of the three at the last show, while the Versailles Exhibition Center, the same venue that hosts the Paris Motor Show, has eight halls in total.
But both rooms were packed, with everything from a celebration of French police cars to Amédée Gordini’s racing cars, to the 50th birthday of the Renault 5, which we call Le Car. Click on the gallery-it’s as if you were there in person!
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Gordini is now a division of Renault Sport Technologies, but was founded in 1946 by Amédée Gordini and made fast and interesting cars. He was so good that he became known as The Sorcerer. On the left, a 1939 Gordini Barquette Simca 8. With its 4-cylinder engine, the 1939 Simca 8 Gordini finished first in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1100cc class.
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This is a 1953 Gordini 37 S type 24 S. Powered by an 8-cylinder engine and equipped with disc brakes, the 37 chassis was used for the first time by the Gordini team in the 1000 km of Buenos Aires . It was then sold to Italian Franco Bordoni, who entered the car in the Mille Miglia. Later that year he won the Trullo d’Oro and the Pergusa Grand Prix. The car made its last appearance in the 1955 Targa Florio.
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Classic car dealer Kidston had a nice display of McLaren F1s.
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At Rétromobile, they start young.
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The show also paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Renault 5, known back home in the United States as the Renault Le Car. Notice the headlights.
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Ten years after releasing the 4L, the Renault “diamond brand” is evolving with the launch of the R5, “an elegant and versatile city car”.
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When it hit the streets in early 1972, the Renault 5 brought the automobile into the modern era, as its proponents say…
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This R5 may have been inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album.
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Wikipedia states that the Renault 5 became the best-selling car in France from 1972 to 1986, with total production exceeding 5.5 million over a 14-year period, making it the most popular car in France.
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The Renault 5 Alpine version ran in Group 2, says Wikipedia. At the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally, Renault 5 Alpines came second and third overall, despite a powerful team from Fiat and Lancia.
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There were two generations: 1972-1985 (also called R5) and 1984-1996 (also called Super 5 or Supercinq). The R5 was marketed in the United States and Canada as the The busfrom 1976 to 1983.
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This Renault 5 EV concept debuted at IAA Mobility 2021
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He says, “I’m the electric R5.”
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In contrast to the curb weight, the Musée des Blindés de Saumur has one of the largest collections in the world of armored vehicles from the First World War to the present day. He brought several of them to Rétromobile.
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Another tank from the Musée des Blindés in Saumur. The 1979 AMX 10 PAC 90 tank gave a live driving demonstration. In its time, this capable French armored vehicle was equipped with a fearsome high-velocity anti-tank gun that fired shaped charge projectiles at a speed of 1,000 meters per second. Visitors to Rétromobile were invited to watch this tank start up and maneuver, but it fired no shells.
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The Berliet Foundation, which brought a huge truck to Rétromobile a few years ago, celebrated its 40th anniversary by honoring the Lyon automotive industry with a rare Rochet-Schneider 18400 series.
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They have “Wheeler Dealers” in France!
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The shirt says, “I like old cars.” Or maybe it’s “I like old things”. Hey, I have a D in French.
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Since you missed Retromobile this year, think of Automedon, October 8 and 9 at the same place.
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Retromobile 2022 from Artcurial Motorcars was a big deal, with nearly 400 lots, each of which wanted to buy.
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The Artcurial auction did not present this Bugatti Type 35… nor this miniature Mercedes, but it offered almost 400 cars that you would like to own.
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This 1968 Porsche 907 fetched $4,872,971 at Artcurial’s Retromobile auction.
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Toyota presented a hybrid TS 050 which raced at Le Mans.
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Small slot cars were a big deal at Retromobile.
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