For its 46th edition, the Rétromobile show took over pavilions 7.2 and 7.3 of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from 16 to 20 March. A true ode to rolling stock from all eras, Rétromobile is every year the meeting place for all car enthusiasts. After an absence of two years, this 2022 edition has shown a still strong craze for beautiful old cars with 100,000 visitors, amateurs or simply curious.
Visitors to the 450 exhibitors’ stand were able to discover the mythical blue cars of the wizard Amédée Gordini, including the Gordini Spider Simca 5, winner of the 1937 24h du mans edition, and the R8 Gordini of 1967; but also a dozen reformed vehicles of the Gendarmerie Nationale, including the mythical Renault Alpine, the Alouette II helicopter and an antique estafette. Group A cars, the rally queens of the 1990s, were featured on the Youngtimers stand, with the Lancia Delta HF integral, the Subarau Impreza, the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and the BMW M3 E30, among others.
The Musée des Blindés aroused the enthusiasm of the visitors by running the AMX 10 PAC 90 amphibious tank. Jean Bertin’s aerotrain, the TRIDIM and the Fardier de Cugnot, the world’s first automobile, were also given dynamic demonstrations.
On the manufacturers’ side, Renault had a big show for the 50th anniversary of the R5, with no less than 13 versions of the little city car on its stand, while Aventure Citroën presented some of the brand’s flagship vehicles, such as the Citroën Rosalie from 1933. Lamborghini was also on hand to unveil the stunning LP500 Countach, an identical reconstruction of the prototype destroyed in 1971 that took over 25,000 hours to build.
The show was also an opportunity to climb into the century-old vehicles of the Club des teuf-teuf, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Berliet Foundation, to discover the French festival of slow of Vintage Revivial, but also to buy a piece of art from the artists’ gallery or a rolling nugget from the car space for less than €25,000. Visitors were also able
to meet their favourite designers and drivers at signing sessions, as well as find spare parts, books, posters, equipment and vintage clothing!
Finally, Rétromobile was the scene of the famous Artcurial auction, which raised €37.8 million, including the sale of a 1968 Porsche 907 factory car for €4,390,400 and four Ferrari supercars for a total of over €13 million.
See you next year for the 47th edition of the Retromobile show, from 1st to 5 February 2023.
“This 46th edition will be remembered as the edition where we all came together to spend a great moment of conviviality! I would like to thank the exhibitors and visitors for their trust in us. They have greatly contributed to the success of this edition. Given the context, the symbolic mark of 100,000 visitors was passed, and this is a great victory for the show, which is a showcase for classic vehicles at national and international level. We look forward to 2023!” Jean-Sébastien Guichaoua, Exhibition Director
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