At long last, the winter break is over – this week, the classic car world will descend on Paris for the annual season-opening automotive extravaganza that is Rétromobile. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s show…
Rétromobile is an event that never disappoints, but it’s fair to say 2019’s season-opener at the Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles is going to be a truly bumper affair. Not only is Citroën kicking off its centenary year in emphatic style with an unprecedented exhibition of its most historically significant models, but a raft of other manufacturers including Lamborghini, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Renault will also be demonstrating their commitment to safeguarding their illustrious heritage.
Lamborghini’s Polo Storico department is bringing a freshly restored Miura SV that’s due to be delivered to its new French owner, a rather prominent figure in the world of motorsport, while Bentley, which also celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, will exhibit EXP 2, its oldest remaining and very first racing model. You’ll also be able to ogle Marcello Gandini’s legendary Lancia Stratos Zero concept, which has been flown over from Los Angeles especially by its collector owner Philip Sarofim.
What’s more, there will be the customary plethora of Classic Car dealers and auction houses from Europe and beyond, all hoping to entice event-goers with diverse selections of weird and wonderful collector cars, motorcycles, and automobilia for sale. There’ll also be a dedicated section for cars priced below 25,000 euros – an area that threw up some delightful surprises at last year’s show and will no doubt do so again.
For the first time, Kidston SA will have a stand at the show – expect Lamborghini Miuras galore – as will The Cultivated Collector, which is travelling all the way from the United States with a roster of cars that’s poised to include a 1993 Schuppan 962CR/LM, and Dylan Miles, who’s going to show an Aston Martin DBRS9 with strong racing history.
In addition to RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, and Artcurial, all of whom will hold headline sales during the week, the French auction house Aguttes will be exhibiting four exceptional cars for sale at Rétromobile, including one of four Works Porsche 904 GTSs and the ex-Ronnie Peterson March 711-2 Formula 1 car.
Whether you’re hankering for English, French, Italian, or German faire, our dealers are sure to have something to quench your appetite.