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This year, boosted by the continuing success of previous years, Retromobile was held in Hall 1, the largest and most prestigious hall at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Paris. The 2014 edition was particularly rich with a lot of european classic cars dealers presents and many jewels exhibited.
Like every year, specific topics will allow visitors to discover prestigious brands such as Alpine or Lancia, exotic cars with Maharadjas special orders, car records of the pioneers of speed that were Malcolm Campbell and JG Parry-Thomas.

Retromobile and the thousand and one cars of the Maharajas
In India, during the 1920s and 1930s the automobiles of the Maharajas were of the most extravagant kinds: amazing shapes, extraordinary accessories, flamboyant colours. To stand out, the Indian princes resorted to every possible option to be the most original. For the first time in Europe, fifteen automotive jewels of the Maharajas was strutting their stuff at Paris’ Retromobile Salon, with in particular the 1938 Delahaye 135 Figoni & Falaschi, the 1930 Mercedes-Benz SS or the stunning Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A.
Following the success with the DS Citroen Stand during Rétromobile 2013, organisers have persuaded the swiss dealer LUKAS HUNI AG to feature a dedicated stand to the marque Lancia which is known for its very advanced concepts and the outstanding performance of its automobiles. A selection of no less than 14 of the finest Lancia models was exhibited ranging from Pre-War (1924 Lambda, 1938 Aprilia, 1939 Astura), through the significant Fifties (a full range of Aurelia and Flaminia) to the limited series 1974 Stratos (purpose-built competition car built for the International Rally Championship).
Jean Rédélé, founder of Alpine, is entitled to a retrospective dedicated at Rétromobile 2014. It is through RALLYSTORY, event agency devoted to old cars that stand dedicated to Alpine was born. A total of fifteen models of road and race are on display, some of which come from the collection of Jean Rédélé cover a period from 1963 to 1978. In addition to four A110 and two A310 road, visitors will discover the particular M63, M64, A210, A211, A220 and A441.
One of the most surprising car of this 2014 edition is the incredible Bucciali TAV30, designed by Bucciali brothers and bodied by Saoutchik. The car on display is a reconstruction of the one presented at the Motor Show in Paris in 1931, made on the basis of a Cord L29 chassis.
The austrian dealer Peter Wiesner has set up a high caliber cars exhibition with a couple of tasties Maserati (A6 1500 GT, Tipo 61 Birdcage), a Bugatti T59 Grand Prix and a Dino 206 SP.
Few cars at random show the diversity and eclecticism of the Salon, with for example an Alfa Romeo TZ2 from the museum brand, a Woodhill Wildfire, an American car both exotic and interesting, a Facel Vega FV, the oldest existing Facel.
Mercedes Benz classics was celebrating 120 years of motor sports with a 1914 Mercedes 115 PS Grand Prix Rennwagen, a 1954 W196R "Stromlinie", a 1989 Sauber C9, a 2000 Mc Laren MP4-15 and a 2002 CLK DTM.
The London collection car dealer Gregor Fisken presented at this Rétromobile show a quite exceptional stand with no fewer than 14 vehicles, from the 1913 Turcat-Méry MJ Boulogne Roadster to the 3rd built Ferrari 365 GTS4, through a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, a 275 GTB2 alloy, an Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante, a Jaguar D Type, a Talbot Lago T26GS, a wonderful Bugatti T46S or a 1932 Invicta 4½ Litre S Type lowered chassis.
Let us continue to walk in this salon to discover some Italian beauties (Lamborghini Miura SV, Ferrari 365 GTB4 plexi coupé and spyder conversion, 225S Vignale), german ceremonial car (Mercedes 500 K) or classy convertibles (Maserati 3500 GTi Spyder, Bugatti Type 57 Roadster).

We arrive now in some stands where exhibitors play overbidding at the expense of the models presentation, with for example a poor Ferrari 365 GTS4 stuck along a wall, very interesting cars racing positioned behind barriers and this is probably the most damage, the fabulous Ferrari 330 P4 (freshly rebodied from the last 350 Can Am ever extant), exiled in the corner of a stand, with the nose of the car positionned in a vintage truck.
The second part of the Lukas Huni exhibition was also interesting with in particular a Stradale conversion of the Ferrari 250 LM, a line up of racing Aston Martin (DBR4, DB3S and DBR1) and a nice Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. On the FA-Automobiles stand, a wonderful dark green Lamborghini Miura S was exhibited.
Some interesting stuff : a Jaguar XJR14, a Talbot Lago T150 Figoni & Falachi and a Peugeot 905.
The most striking example that wanting to do too much is often a mistake is given by the "Classic Sport Leicht" stand. When you bring such legendary cars as a duo of Mercedes CLK LM, it is a strange idea of wanting to pack them against the barriers in order to be able to enter additional 3 Mercedes 300 SL. What interest?
Time of the end of the visit approach, but there are still many things to see : Alfa Romeo Tipo 33, Lamborghini Islero, Intermeccanica Italia, the first Bugatti Veyron styling prototype, the 16-4 one, a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, a well known Porsche 911 GT1 1998, a Porsche 917, a BRG Ferrari 512BB LM and at last, a wonderful Citroën SM 4 doors Chapron Opera.
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