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Classic cars in Paris - the must-see events

Vintage cars that are true works of art

Passionates about beautiful mechanics, art lovers, curious or in search of extraordinary, these are all good reasons to admire collector cars. Even without being a confirmed driver, we can appreciate the journey in time that makes us dream. The vintage car season begins with the salon Rétromobile at the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles in Paris.

Classic cars have their own show room - Le Rétromobile

On these podiums, these four-wheeled stars can show off their superb lines. Collector cars are real works of art that can be admired during the first show of the season, the Rétromobile. This 3rd edition celebrates many anniversaries and is a chance to pay several tributes. This annual fair, at Porte de Versailles, brings together everything you need to get informed, meet artists and builders, to find spare parts, miniatures or even to invest. And it's also a place to dream and travel back in time. Enjoy a tribute to Carlo Abarth, celebrate the 70 years of Porsche and Honda while admiring mythical models of the biggest brands. This unique event in the world is a real art gallery for vintage cars. It outlines exceptional models such as Delahaye 135 S and offers the chance to discover the whole history of the automobile with the Bugatti 57 C Atalante or the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon...

What qualifies as a vintage car?

All vintage cars are over 30 years old and have historical or aesthetic interest. They embody prestige, nostalgia and dreams and are part of a country's heritage. They are entitled to a special regime and turn all heads. Dedicated shows bring together Bugatti, Renault, Peugeot, BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes, Aston Martin and many other brands. The heritage of each manufacturer is put forward for the pleasure of fans. Even those who aren't particularly interested in the machines that transport them are charmed by these "old" cars that are so beautiful and well preserved.

The International Automobile Festival - Engel & Völkers goes to the auto exposure Invalides
Located in front of the Hotel des Invalides, the International Automobile Festival - Roger Dubuis, was the rendezvous of automotive design this weekend. Dubbed the "Fashion week of the automobile", this event brings together the most beautiful current concept cars and the most striking or atypical automobiles of the automotive industry.
The classic cars section showcases different types of vehicles. First of all, prestigious cars produced in series that made history with their design and technological innovations, such as the Mercedes 280SL Pagoda, or the legendary Citroën DS, followed by the Citroën SM.

Then, unique models of their kind have also made the trip, identifiable thanks to their unique design, always avant-garde for their time. The most representative model is surely the Delahaye type 135 M roadster, imagined and created by designers Figoni and Falaschi.
Finally, older cars, representative of the beginning of the automobile era, are also present. They are reminiscent of a time when cars were handcrafted by hand, and each car had a soul.

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