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Exotics and jubilees during 41-e Salon Rétromobile in Paris

The prestigious Salon Rétromobile in Paris has been in existence for forty years. This year too, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles houses an impressive collection of classic vehicles. They give a wink to the origination year 1976. Furthermore, many themes are brought together by a large diversity of participants and clubs.


Icons from an impressive past
Mercedes Benz Classic is one of the organizations that Rétromobile will liven up. In the French capital, it presents true icons from an impressive past. The luxury 300 Sc from 1956 (only built 53 times), the priceless 280 SE 3.5 Convertible (W112) from 1969, the 300 SL Roadster from 1959 and the almost inevitable but beautiful Pagoda - an 280 SL from 1968 represent historic elegance and dignity of the brand in full glory. The heritage is complemented by the new S-Class Cabriolet - after 45 year the successor to the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet and the new SL.

The Alpine A310 V6 is part of an impressive collection of classics in Paris. He decorates the anniversary exhibition with 40-year-old cars. Image: Renault
The Alpine A310 V6 is part of an impressive collection of classics in Paris. He decorates the anniversary exhibition with 40-year-old cars. Image: Renault

Retromobile has been in existence for forty years
There is much more to see during the event, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Diversity has been a great asset since Retromobile started in 1976 and has grown into an important event on the international classic calendar. In the context of the 40th anniversary, the organizers give a wink to the genesis year. An exhibition is being organized in Paris with a number of cars that saw the light of day in 1976 or were baptized by the French market. The Mercedes-Benz W123, the Renault 14, the BMW 6 series, the Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint and the Alpine A310 V6 are some of those jubilees. Various exhibitions around brands or historical pre-war transport types will also play a role. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, brands such as Bugatti, Maserati, Aston Martin and Jaguar Landrover are also present in Paris, where attention has traditionally been paid to national heritage. Special Peugeot creations are a theme and traditionally there is also an important role for the other French brands. The exhibition around Lartigue, the photographer who captured his passion for racing cars with an impressive series, is also striking. Striking: the Saumur Museum is also present. It introduces the public to historical tanks from its collection.

Exclusivity and simplicity
Furthermore, the famous classic guru Lukas Hüni AG from Zurich is once again taking beautiful cars - rather, automobiles - to Paris. The “Flying Dentist Jaguar” made famous by Steve Mc Queen, an Aston Martin DB 3 S from 1955 and - to return to Stuttgarter circles - a Mercedes Benz 680 S Saoutchik with Ferdinand Porsche chassis and a supercharged 7 liter of power be shown to the public. Futuristic vehicles from the past and record vehicles from the museum of Beaulieu can also be seen, while the basis of French company transport through the order version of the Citroën 2CV gives the visitor a diversionary maneuver towards automotive simplicity that is refreshing in relation to the exotic offer.

The Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 is certainly a desirable classic in cabriolet trim. He is considered the official predecessor of the new S-Class convertible and ... can be seen in Paris. Image: Daimler AG
The Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 is certainly a desirable classic in cabriolet trim. He is considered the official predecessor of the new S-Class convertible and ... can be seen in Paris. Image: Daimler AG

450 participants, one hundred clubs, 500 classic vehicles
The organizers expect to welcome approximately 450 participants and more than 100 clubs, which will represent various automotive layers. In total, 500 classic vehicles - commercial or otherwise - will be accommodated within Paris Expo Port de Versailles. Car enthusiasts can also go to Paris. Auctions will also be organized during Retromobile, where top pieces such as a Mercedes Benz 300 SL, a few historic Ferraris and a Porsche 550 Spyder will go under the hammer.

The Salon Rétromobile takes place from 3 to 7 February 2016. You will find more information about the exhibition offer, admission prices, opening times and activities here.


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