Retromobile Paris 2014 – tres vivant!
A walk on Retromobile feels like an excursion on a busy flea market filled with the most desirable objects at every possible corner and booth, at least if you are a car enthusiast. It is a concentration of car passion squeezed into one hall, with one piece rarer than the other. It is also a walk of discovery. You can walk along one row three times and still discover new stuff, or, like us, got lost between the many auctions, art booths, automobilia stands and book shelves.
The amount of automotive art at Retromobile is incredible, it gives a great overview about the different styles of automotive art and you get to talk to the artists.
On some stands you discover nice sculptures and posters, however the amount of original posters in perfect condition is so high, that I get sceptical about the originality.
Apart from the buzz about the big auctions there are also many great dealer stands with fantastic offerings and exhibitions. Two to highlight are the exhibition of Maharaja vehicles with some famous and well known Rolls Royces that I have been drawing in commission some years ago and a huge collection of Alpines by Jean Rédélé.
1920 Sunbeam Manitou Record Car:
One of the nice Bugattis at Auto Classique Touraine:1925 Alfa Romeo RL SS:1956 Aston Martin DBR3S/9 at Lukas Hüni:Bristol 401 restoration by Touring:1928 Bugatti 35 with Patina at Lukas Hüni:Bucciali TAV30 Saoutchik recreation:1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Maharaja Ghulab Singh de Rewa:Another Maharaja Rolls-Royce:1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster Figoni et Falaschi:Les Alpine de Jean Rédéle:Artists ‘village’The art of Paul Smith:The art of Stanley Rose:The art of Hendrik Müller:Beautiful sculpture by E. Zurini from 2001:Another great sculpture:Car parts and signs:Oil cans of all sorts:Desirable Porsche collectables:Cleaning and polishing…:
Photos and text: Copyright © 2014 Henk Holsheimer