Rétromobile — the French celebration of all things automotive — returns to the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from January 31 to February 4, 2024.
The event is always wide ranging in terms of the cars on display — but this year’s event will also have a special focus: 100 years of MG motoring.
Rétromobile will be giving visitors a chance to rediscover the brand through a series of original archives and vehicles never previously displayed in France.
Over a dozen MGs will be on display under the glass roof of Pavilion 1, organized in partnership with the MG Club of France and the British Motor Museum. Examples planned for display include the 1925 Old MG Number One and the 1938 MG EX135, along with the 1957 MG EX181, driven in-period by Stirling Moss and Phil Hill.
MG itself, now owned by the SAIC group, will also be present at the show to celebrate the milestone, and to present a retrospective dedicated to the make’s historic roadsters.
“The history of MG began in 1924 in the suburbs of Oxford, and from the outset, the cars designed by the gifted Cecil Kimber were the product of unrelenting hard work that quickly captured the hearts of enthusiasts,” said Clément Lefèvre, MG Motor France’s Public Relations Manager. “What better showcase for this passion than Rétromobile, where we can celebrate a hundred years of automotive history dedicated to the pleasure of driving? The work undertaken by the teams at Rétromobile will enable visitors to discover, or rediscover, the exceptional vehicles that have left their mark on our history, breaking records and winning legendary races.”
“For this 48th edition of the show, celebrating the centenary of the MG brand was an obvious choice,” said Romain Grabowski, Directeur de Rétromobile. “A veritable flagship of British industry in its day, the brand has distinguished itself in the world’s greatest competitions and record-breaking venues. But beyond performance, MG is also synonymous with chic, affordable roadsters that are coveted by many collectors today, and which we will be delighted to welcome to Rétromobile. We are also very proud of this new partnership with the British Motor Museum based in Gaydon, UK, home to the world’s largest collection of classic British cars. This agreement symbolises the exhibition’s desire to offer its visitors ever more exceptional vehicles and reaffirms its international profile. I would like to thank Stephen Laing and Jeff Coope, respectively Head of Collections and Managing Director of the British Motor Museum, for their support.”
Photos: Heritage Motor Centre.