Salon Rétromobile 2024

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Salon Rétromobile, held at the Paris Porte de Versailles Expo is the first major classic car show of the year in Europe, held this year (2024) for the 48th time.

Most of the major European classic car dealers were present. There were displays by car manufacturers, museums and clubs, a large section devoted to vintage spare parts, car art and also a section with cars for sale priced under 2,500 euros. In addition there was a hall full of cars waiting to be sold at the Artcurial auction later in the week. In all there were getting on for 500 separate stands, both large and small.

Salon Rétromobile Hall 1

As could be seen from the poster, the main theme was MG, which celebrates its 100th aniversary in 2024. Of great interest to young and old was the MGB GT that had been sawn in half, to reveal all the inner workings.

MGB GT cutaway
MGB GT cutaway

Skoda had brought along three beautifully restored Skoda Superbs.

Skoda Superb

Renault had an impressive stand showing off both ancient and modern. My favourite, the 40CV racing car that we have seen in action so often at Goodwood.

Renault 40 CV
Renault 40CV at Goodwood 2013
Renault 40CV seen at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

Many artists had a display at Rétromobile, but the ones that caught my eye were the work of sculptor Antoine Dufilho.

by Antoine Dufilho

by Antoine Dufilho

Art of a different nature…

Hand-crafted scale model
Bugatti miniatures

There were plenty of life-size Bugattis on show. Here are a few …

Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic (the Holzschuch car)
Bugatti EB110
Bugatti EB110

A couple of really impressive veteran cars. The Mercedes Simplex by Rothschild et Fils was expected to fetch over $10 million at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction later in the year.

1903 Mercedes Simplex 60 HP
1908 De Dion-Bouton 30 HP

Musee Henri Malartre

Musée Henri Malartre, Rochetaillée-sur-Sâone, France

Visited in 2011

The Henri Malartre museum opened 1960 in a castle in Rochetaillée near the city of Lyon. The collection is primarily focussed on French marques, and in particular those produced in this general region. The castle building houses a large number of vintage and veteran cars, the rest of extensive collection can be found in a newer building in the castle grounds.

1899 Peugeot Type 27 Landaulet

1896 Leon Bollée

1948 Wimille Prototype No. 2

S.T.E.L.SA. EV built during World War II in 1942


1938 Unic U6 Sport Berline

645 rue du Musée
69270 Rochetaillée-sur-Saône

Musée Henri Malartre Castle entrance

Musée Maurice Dufresne

Musée Maurice Dufresne, Azay-le-Rideau, France

Visited in 2019

Maurice Dufresne has put together a museum devoted to France’s industrial heritage, covering a wide variety of artefacts, machines and vehicles. It is housed in a former 17th century water mill on the river Loire.

1906 Titan tractor in the courtyard

1922 Panhard et Levassor

Outdoor exhibits include this Hanomag tractor

Austerity motoring – 1941 Peugeot VLV Electric Vehicle (r)

1922 Renault Type NN and Flat Rad Morgan, alongside tractors and other farm machinery

Delightful deeply patinated steam locomotive


17 Route de Marnay, 37 190 Azay-le-Rideau, France

Schlumpf Collection, Mulhouse

Schlumpf Collection, Mulhouse, France

Visited in 1983, 2007 and again in 2019

The National Museum – Schlumpf Bugatti Collection is chronicled all over the web and in hundreds if not thousands of books.

And yet in real life it is such a breathtaking display and so well worth a visit! The sheer size of the collection is overwhelming and even the most seasoned of motoring history enthusiasts can tire of the seemingly endless rows of exquisite marques. The Schlumpf brothers were famous for amassing an incredible collection of Bugattis, and when you realise how exclusive Bugattis are – many museums have just one or two – the collection really is huge.

Bugatti Type 35
Bugatti EB110

Hoewever, the museum does have other makes besides Bugattis. Not just French makes such as Delahaye, Delage, Hotchkiss, Citroen and Peugeot, but also Jaguars, Mercedes-Benz etc.

There is also an impressive display of veteran cars

1913 Le Gui B2 Torpedo



Cité de l’Automobile
Musée National Collection Schlumpf
192, Avenue de Colmar
68051 Mulhouse

Entrance to the Cité de l’Automobile