Calling all classic car lovers: Rétromobile is upon us, from February 5-9 at the Parc des Expositions of the Porte de Versailles, in Paris.
The 2020 edition show features more than 1,000 vehicles, 620 exhibitors and 120 clubs, with Renault Classic set to have another strong showing at this annual homage to much-cherished older models.
The company’s 600m2 stand will feature ten vehicles from the 750-strong Renault Classic collection that, in a unique twist, have been chosen by fans of the brand themselves. Over the past months, visitors to the Renault Classic Facebook page have been voting for their favourite cars from a pool of 40 specially selected to be potential Rétromobile display vehicles.
That vote resulted in an extremely interesting selection. Of the ten vehicles, three of them are from the pre-WWII era: a 1910 Renault Type BY, a 1929 Renault Type LO "Pompier" and a Renault Vivasport Cabriolet dating from 1935.
The other seven are from the 1960s and 70s and perfectly showcase the eclectic nature of the Renault Classic collection. The models include:
- Renault Floride, 1961 – the North American version of the Renault Caravelle rear-engine sports car.
- Renault Project H prototype, 1968 – a limousine prototype designed to showcase a then-new V8 engine.
- Renault Torino, 1972 – originally produced by IKA, the Argentine company was later bought out by Renault. Famous owners of the car included Argentinian racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio and Fidel Castro.
- Renault 17 TS, 1972 – a slick 2-door fastback hatchback coupé version of the Renault 12.
- Renault 12 Abidjan Nice, 1975 – the estate version of the Renault 12 was originally produced in Argentina, and this 4WD version went on to take third place in a mad "Côte-Côte" between Abidjan and Nice, coming in behind two Range Rovers.
- Renault 5 TX, 1984 – a sporty version of the famed supermini.
- Renault Clio I Williams, 1994 – a limited-edition sporty Clio inspired by the Williams-Renault team’s victory in the previous year's Formula 1® World Championship.
The pre-WWII 1910 Renault Type BY will be showcased alongside the new Espace Initiale Paris that will make its debut at a French motor show. The two models may provide very contrasting body shapes, but they have much in common given they both offer their passengers generous amounts of comfort and space.
The ten cars selected by Renault Classic enthusiasts will be supplemented by two last-minute surprises, sourced from private collections. Both models will be celebrating an important anniversary at the event : an amazing USA version of the Fuego Turbo turns 40 this year, and an extremely rare Primaquatre SAPRAR, with bodywork by Marcel Pourtout from a drawing by Georges Paulin in 1939, will be celebrating its 90th birthday.
Aside from the Renault Classic stand, visitors to Rétromobile 2020 will find much to enjoy. The event offers the chance to meet rally organisers, sellers of spare parts, insurers and auctioneers. All in all, it promises to be an amazing event that will live long in the memory of all who visit Paris’s Parc des Expositions in early February.
Rétromobile Show 2020, the International Classic Cars Exhibition, February 5-9 2020, Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, Paris. See https://www.retromobile.com/