February 29, 2024

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Rétromobile Makes a Strong Return in 2023

Image: Pierre Perusseau

After having to cancel the event in 2021 and postponing it in 2022, the 47th edition of Rétromobile announced to the world that it’s back and better than ever. Held from February 1 to 5 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, 125,000 visitors walked the aisles of the benchmark event with the attendance on Saturday, February 4, setting a new record for the highest number ever recorded in a single day.

Image: Pierre Perusseau

Displayed across 73,000 square meters — more than 785,000 square feet — of exhibition space, the event brought in French and international visitors to view displays by over 500 exhibitors, 12 of which were car manufacturers. In total, more than 1,000 vehicles were available for purchase or to admire.

The special vehicles included over 50 authentic cars from the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The historic events centenary celebration coincided with this year’s Rétromobile festivities. In addition to the iconic Le Mans vehicles was the unique Bucciali V12 “Flèche d’or” from 1932 and eight legendary competition Ferraris displayed on the Richard Mille stand — one of which was a 250 GTO. The venue also saw Porsche present the 911 Dakar for the first time in Europe.

Artcurial held the official auction of their Rétromobile auction, which realized €35.5m in total sales led by a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta Touring Superleggera. Part of the Bart Rosman Collection, the Ferrari’s €5,706,000 selling price far surpassed all other lots in the auction. You can read more about Artcurial Rétromobile results here.

Image: Pierre Perusseau

“True to its motto ‘The past always has a future’, this 47th edition proves more than ever that the classic vehicle sector has many promising years ahead of it!” commented Romain Grabowski, the exhibition director of Rétromobile.

The 48th edition of Rétromobile is scheduled for January 31 to February 4, 2024.

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