Rétromobile–Searching for an American car in Paris

February 23, 2012

Known for its truly exceptional variety of exhibits and vendors, Rétromobile is the place to find anything from a unique piece of automotive art to that most elusive spare part. The floor of the Porte De Versailles was a maze of more than 400 exhibitors showcasing historic vehicles from around the world.

The European appreciation of automotive history is evident by the sheer scope and diversity of vehicles on display at this amazing event. Outstanding exhibits by the Mullin Automotive Museum and Mercedes-Benz (to name two) gave the public access to rare and historical cars. Some of the most coveted American cars (primarily Corvettes and Mustangs) were found in several exhibits.

Here are just a few vehicles that caught the team’s attention. To see more, please check out the Rétromobile photo album on the HVA’s Facebook page:

Two members of the HVA Technical Committee traveled to France earlier this month to participate in an international meeting concerning historic vehicle authenticity. While in Paris, the team spent some time at Rétromobile, the first major event of the European collector car calendar. Now in its 37th year, Rétromobile is a five day auto fair that annually draws 100,000 collectors and enthusiasts from all around the globe. This year’s event featured cars from American                                                                        Peter Mullin’s “French Curves” collection. 

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The Make: 1964½ Ford Mustang

The Buzz: European collectors covet milestone American cars in much the same way that American collectors desire European classics. The Mustang was introduced in April 1964 and created the pony-car segment. It has become Ford’s longest running model.    

The Features: Two-door coupe powered by the optional 289 cubic-inch, 200 horsepower V-8 engine, 3-speed manual transmission.

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The Make: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette

The Buzz: Americans fell in love with the Chevrolet Corvette during the 1950s. The French love affair began in 1960 when the Corvette first ran at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Widely considered the most popular American collector car, this photo from the Corvette club de France demonstrates its popularity among French collectors as well.

The Features: Two-door convertible, powered by a standard 283 cubic inch, 230 horsepower V-8 engine, 3-speed manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and wide whitewall tires.

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Photo Rétromobile 2012 © Manuel F. Picaud / Bd75011.blogspot.com

The Make: 1963 Shelby Cobra

The Buzz: The first production rack-and-pinion Cobra, a Shelby American Team car for 1963-1964. 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Shelby Cobra.

The Features: Two-seat roadster, Weber carbureted 289-cubic inch, V-8 engine, 4-speed transmission; rear end oil coolers, large brakes, driver roll bar, pop-riveted hood scoop, and front brake cooling scoops.



  1. Gerrye TX

    were there any '58 Edsel Citations in the Paris car show?