Heading to Retromobile this weekend? Here's what you can expect to see
As the Continent’s traditional season opener, Rétromobile draws crowds of 120,000-plus enthusiasts from across Europe and further afield. Its home is the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and, for 2016, organisers boast of more than 500 vehicles, 500 exhibitors, 120 clubs, 45 artists in the Automobile Art Gallery plus exclusive showcases.
Among this year’s carefully curated attractions is a retrospective of French industrial designer Philippe Charbonneaux, who worked for GM, Delahaye, Renault and Citroën. Among the machines he was involved with were the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, Delahaye 235 and Renaults 8 and 16. Also on display will be the legendary T34 Soviet tank and the American Chaffee M24, from the Saumur Tank Museum.
In addition, the Rétromobile auction – one of the collector car calendar’s most important sales – brings together the world’s three leading auction houses. In February 2015, it realised €52 million in sales, Artcurial alone totalling €46 million. Starring this year will be the last-ever Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta built, chassis no 4065.
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