What Not To Miss At The Paris Rétromobile Exhibition

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Over 120,000 enthusiasts and collectors are expected to descend on the French capital this week, kicking off the European events season in quintessential French style at Rétromobile. Located in the stunning Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles, over 500 exhibiters will be proudly displaying their best, be it classic cars, restoration services or collectables.

Get your chequebooks ready! A showcase event at the Retromobile is the annual auctions from Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s and Artcurial. Perhaps the most anticipated vehicle going under the hammer is a 1957 Ferrari 335 S…. and it could be worth an unbelievable amount of money. When the Ferrari goes under the hammer on February 5th, it has the potential to climb all the way to £25 million!

For all that money you would not just be buying a 1957 Ferrari 335 S, but also a piece of Ferrari Motorsport history. Only four of these cars were ever made, and it reached a top speed of 186 MPH. According to Artcurial, the auction house selling the vehicle, this specific car set a lap record at the legendary 1957 Le Mans 24 hour race and also won the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix. Artcurial describe it as “one of the most important Ferraris in the history of motorsport.” If the Ferrari manages to reach those lofty figures it will become the most expensive car ever sold at auction.

Rétromobile’s scale and grandeur has always been impressive, but it’s the carefully curated exhibitions that are where the event’s really made its name over the last several years. The 41st running looks to be no different, with exhibitions dedicated to, among other things, the chic photography of Jacques Henri Lartigue (much of which was automobile-related), 110 years of the Automobile Club de L’Ouest and the extraordinary 60-year career of ‘modern age’ designer Philippe Charbonneaux.

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Original source: Classic Driver


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