19.01.2015: - THE international event for collectors’ cars Paris - Porte de Versailles from 4 to 8 February 2015

- THE international event for collectors’ cars Paris

- Porte de Versailles from 4 to 8 February 2015

Are collector’s cars the select domain of engine enthusiasts, rally fans, or well-heeled art lovers?

Now, more than before, they attract new audiences (not just collectors), new international buyers, and least, but not last, youngsters: thirty something men (AND women!) who invest in « nostalgia » vehicles, time machines that remind them of their childhood.

Landmark event that makes of Paris the automobile capital in February, Retromobile is THE popular show for car enthusiasts, with over 500 vehicles on show in a space covering 46,000 square meters, 100,000 visitors expected, and the host of exclusive events inside and outside Hall1.


- The amazing story of Pegaso presenting the most beautiful and astonishing models made by the legendary brand with its fascinating history… This is also an opportunity to look back at a period of contemporary history - the brand was born in post-war Spain - and to rediscover avantgarde cars that were the technological showcase of their time.

- The unique collection of the Corrado Lopresto, rendez-vous of all the enthusiasts, curious or amateur of vintage cars, a selection of prototypes and unique automobiles, the jewels of the golden age of the Italian coachwork - all One of has Kind - of the collection Corrado Lopresto.

- This year at the Youngtimers magazine booth, Rétromobile presents Matra tourers in a unique exhibition looking back at the production of this innovative but short-lived auto manufacturer, from the Matra 530 to the Renault Avantime.

- The Musée des Blindés (tank museum) in Saumur presents one of the stars of its collection: the Royal Tiger, the only surviving working example of this exceptional German tank. It was the largest, heaviest, most powerful, most impressive…and above all most destructive tank of all. This year, the team from the Musée des Blindés will be presenting a working demonstration of a 1962 AMX 30 tank.

- Art will also be reprensented with the agency DPPI which, to celebrate its 50 years, will present an exhibition of its most beautiful photos on the theme of the motor racing, or with the Gallery of the artists, the most important gathering of works and artists fascinated by the automobile world.

- For the first time ever, the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse is presenting the three Bugatti Royales at Rétromobile. The biggest, the most beautiful, the most extraordinary, the most fabulous cars… None of these superlatives can describe the thrill of the Bugatti Royales.


The « Royale » in Paris

The Cité de l’Automobile hosts three legendary cars for the fortieth anniversary of Rétromobile.

For the first time ever, the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse is presenting the three Bugatti Royales at Rétromobile. The biggest, the most beautiful, the most extraordinary, the most fabulous cars… none of these superlatives can describe the thrill of the Bugatti Royales. Ettore Bugatti wanted to build a car fit for a king…and he did so, although no king ever bought one.

Despite its huge size (6.5 metres long) and its weight (3 tons), the Royale manages to be sublime and elegant. The 8 cylinder inline engine is a work of art in its own right. This « polished metal monolith » with a capacity of 12.76 litres churns out 250 horsepower. Its enormous drivetrain quickly takes the Royale to speeds in excess of 150 kph.

The three Bugatti Royales :

- The Coupé Napoléon (« the Boss’s car»). This was Ettore Bugatti’s own car. Its outstanding outline is the work of Jean Bugatti, Ettore’s son.

- The Limousine. Delivered in England in 1933, the huge chassis was fitted with bodywork by Park Ward, creating an understated but extremely sleek and elegant limousine.

- The Roadster. Industrialist Armand Esders ordered a Royale chassis in 1932 and Jean Bugatti designed a stunning two-seater roadster with a length of 6.5 metres. The car was simply sublime. This Royale was then sold and its new owner changed the bodywork, replacing it with a Binder body making it into a very classic-looking chauffeur coupé. The Esders Roadster has now been restored to its original glory by the Musée National de la Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse.

Rétromobile, last stage of the Model T World Tour

This is the incredible adventure of Dirk and his wife Trudy. They left the Netherlands in their 1915 Ford Model T in June 2012, and their amazing journey will end in February 2015 at Rétromobile.

Their tour will have taken them through almost 50 countries and covered a total of about 85,000 kilometres. The pair will have crossed Africa, driven up the West Coast of South America, through Mexico, the United States and Canada. They will have crossed India, China, Mongolia, Siberia and Russia before returning to the Netherlands.

This project was also intended to support children’s villages via the charity SOS Children’s Villages.

The two travellers have visited and supported a range of projects organised by the charity, thanks to international sponsorship. Trudy and Dirk are eager to see orphaned children given a new loving family environment.

Dirk did not embark on this journey unprepared. In 2007 he completed a sponsored trip from Beijing to Paris at the wheel of the same Model T. This journey of a little over 13,000 kilometres across China, Mongolia and Russia and via the Baltic States to Paris raised 140,000 euros in sponsorship donations.

Pegaso, the amazing story of 5 years of outstanding design and engineering

To everyone’s surprise, an extraordinarily advanced car, the Pegaso Z- 102, was unveiled in October 1951 at the Grand Palais in Paris. This exceptional car, a daring combination of quality, elitism, performance and modernity, was born in Spain just after the war in a nationalised truckmaking factory.

 At the time, Spain was rebuilding itself under a political regime that was isolated by neighbouring countries, in a fragile economic situation that made developing cutting-edge technology difficult.

Designed by the brilliant Spanish engineer Wifredo Ricart (1897-1974), former project manager at Alfa Romeo from 1936 to 1945, the Pegaso Z- 102 was a real technological showcase. Its engine was outstanding – a fabulous V8 with four light alloy overhead camshafts coupled with a 5 speed gearbox – and the car itself highly exclusive. A real racing car, it immediately came to the attention of major manufacturers such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes and Aston Martin.

The first Pegaso cars were hand built at ENASA (the famous truck and bus manufacturers). From 1952 on Wifredo Ricart used the most coveted coachbuilders of the time, such as Touring and Saoutchik, to produce even more refined and above all lightweight cars.

5Every year from 1951 to 1956, Pegaso cars were presented at the Salon de Paris. Production ceased in late 1956: a total of 84 cars had been produced in 6 years. Besides the models on show, this exhibition will display an imposing sculpture of a bull, the emblem of Spain. This sculpture by Gé. Pellini has two things in common with the spirit of Pegaso: power and beauty.

This unique collection of Corrado Lopresto’s lifelong passion for beautiful cars

Milanese architect and property developer Corrado Lopresto has spent his life tracking down and collectingprototypes and cars with unique coachwork. Since the age of 16, his passion for Italian auto design has enabled him to build up the only collection of its kind in the world.

Whereas auto enthusiasts tend to focus on great classic cars, Corrado Lopresto is interested in coachbuilders and designers. He feels that behind each prototype there’s a real person, and he makes it a point of honour to supervise the restoration of his precious cars, taking care to preserve as many original features as possible so as to respect the spirit of the designer.

Retromobile pays tribute to Lopresto, presenting a dozen cars from his collection that has earned over 180 awards in the most prestigious Concours d'Elégance (Pebble Beach, Villa d'Este, Amelia Island, Goodwood and Chantilly).

Among the jewels on show from the golden age of Italian coachwork will be the Lancia Florida prototype, the Giulietta prototype by Bertone and Pininfarina, the Lancia Sibilo, the Alfa 6C 1750 Aprile, the Aurelia B52 Vignale, the Autobianchi A112 Giovani by Pininfarina, the Lancia Flaminia Specile by Pininfarina, the Osca 1600 GT Touring, the Alfa Romeo Praho Touring, the Alfa Romeo 2500SS Bertone and the Alfa 2500 SS by Pininfarina.

Matra Saga : Discover a unique exhibition

This year at the Youngtimers magazine booth, Rétromobile presents Matra tourers in a unique exhibition looking back at the production of this innovative but short-lived auto manufacturer, from the Matra 530 to the Renault Avantime.

The event pays tribute to Mr Jean-Luc Lagardère, the captain of industry who died suddenly two weeks after Matra Automobile ceased its activity amid widespread indifference: an ironic twist, perhaps? The author of the book "Une mystérieuse encéphalite ou L'autre mort de JL Lagardère" [mysterious encephalitis or the other death of Lagardère] will be present at the booth on 8 Alfa 6C 2500 Bertone Alfa 6C 1750 Aprile Lancia Florida

This exhibition combines a passion for cars with nostalgia and pays homage to the creators of cars that opened the way for new concepts such as the three front seater and technological advances such as the use of polyester or chassis protection using hot dip galvanisation.

Philippe Guédon, designer and ex-CEO, will be here to talk about the high points in his outstanding career, from the famous M530, the so-called voiture des copains or « car for your mates » to the coupéspace Avantime, and the Espace, whose production figures reached a staggering 914,000 and which became the carmakers’ favourite.

The event is also an opportunity to recall that even when branded Renault these models were made in Romorantin and carried Matra Automobile builder’s plates! The production of over 56 000 Ranchos, the first green cars, will be illustrated with two outstanding models, the Grand Raid (about 2000 made) and the extremely rare Midnight, made in a limited edition of just 100.

The two versions of the Bagheera will be presented alongside a factory kitted Murèna S - 142 CV/210 kph - (488 made) to complete the series of coupés.

The Matra Saga, "From the M530 to the Renault Avantime" reminds us that Matra produced over a million cars in 40 years during the glory years of French manufacturing.

The Tiger and the AMX 30 by le Musée des Blindés de Saumur

The Musée des Blindés in Saumur is one of the largest collections of armoured vehicles in the world, dating from the First World War to the present. Not only does this institution represent an extensive technological heritage; it also fulfils its mission as a commemoration of France at war, reflecting the country’s history.

The Royal Tiger made its first appearance in 1944 and spread terror across the battlefields of Second World War. When the allied tank divisions caught sight of its hulking form, it was already too late. Weighing in at 70 tons and armed with a powerful 88 mm cannon with a range of 10 kms, this behemoth was more than a match for its rivals. A single Royal Tiger could knock out several allied tanks, and at that time no other tank was able to pierce its 18 cm thick steel armour.

For the 40th edition of Rétromobile, the Musée des Blindés (tank museum) in Saumur presents one of the stars of its collection: the Royal Tiger, the only surviving working example of this exceptional German tank. It was the largest, heaviest, most powerful, most impressive…and above all most destructive tank of all.

This year, the team from the Musée des Blindés in Saumur will be presenting a working demonstration of a 1962 AMX 30 tank. The design of this low-slung French tank was very modern for its time thanks to its sturdy, reliable 720 hp Hispano Suiza multifuel engine. The AMX 30 was fast, manoeuvrable and powerful.

Visitors will be invited to take part in starting up and moving this 36-ton tank!

Anne-Gaëlle Jourdan-  photo Rétromobile Paris


19.01.2015 / MaP

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