Looking back at the 2022 Retromobile in Paris

After an absence of 2 years, the complete classic car world was looking forward with enthusiasm to the 46th edition of the Retromobile classic car show in Paris. Before Covid paralyzed the world, it was a certainty to see an amazing collection of classic Porsches, Ferraris, Alfa Romeo, and other iconic brands at the Retromobile.  Dozens of exhibitors from all over Europe used to display the highest quality of classic cars available. And all enthusiasts and exhibitors wondered what the Retromobile show would be like in 2022.

A success

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Franco Lembo display at Retromobile 2022

Despite the uncertainty that rules the world nowadays, more than 450 exhibitors turned 2 of the Paris Expo pavilions into a true classic car museum. And I don’t think there’s a reason to be critical that the number of exhibitors was smaller compared to other years.  We don’t believe one can blame the organization that the number of visitors seemed to be somewhat smaller compared to previous editions.  Unfortunately, few to none of the UK based exhibitors showed up at the Retromobile. And we must admit that they tend to bring the best cars to Paris. Next to Covid, we presume that Brexit plays a huge role in their absence. We can only hope they will return to the mainland shows soon.

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1992 Porsche 968 Turbo S prototype

But on the other hand, we can only tell that there was plenty of very interesting cars, as you can see in our picture gallery at the end of this article. Simon Kidston had a fantastic display with 7 McLaren F1s. The centerpiece of that exhibition was the dark purple F1 once owned by Beatle George Harrison. Ascott Collection brought the last Porsche 917 that raced at the 24H of Le Mans to Paris. A nice come-back as the same car was one of the highlights several editions ago too. But next to these high-end cars, is the Paris Retromobile known for the marketplace of ‘smaller’ budget classic cars and youngtimers too. They occupied a large part of one pavilion. 

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VW transporter and Formula V car, a combo once part of a major Porsche collection

The Paris Retromobile is traditionally the time for some major auctions too. Bonhams had their ‘Grandes Marques’ auction at the usual dates. Since the Retromobile was postponed, Artcurial had its auction postponed too, as they use to occupy a part of the show. And the 2022 Artcurial auction at Retromobile had an amazing number of cars coming up for sale.  

The Porsches in the Artcurial auction at the Retromobile

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Artcurial Auction : 195O Porsche 356, 2012 Porsche 997 GT3 R and 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0

Quite some interesting Porsches came up for sale in the Artcurial Auction at the Retromobile. One had the choice out of a wide range of vehicles, from a 1950 Porsche 356 pre-A to a 2016 Porsche 911R, with some interesting sportscars like a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 and a Porsche 907. The description of all these cars can be found in the downloadable Artcurial Auction Catalogue. We’ll stick here to the results.

1959 Porsche Diesel Type 218/H Standard: Sold for €26.224
1956 Porsche Diesel Type A111 Junior: Sold for €17.880
1961 Porsche 356 BT5 1600 Roadster Drauz: Sold for €112.000
1950 Porsche 356 Pre A 1100: Sold for €415.000
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0: Unsold, highest bid €1.600.000
1968 Porsche 907: Sold for €4.390.400
2016 Porsche 911R: Sold for €346.680
2012 Porsche 997 GT3 R (Ex Manthey Racing): Sold for €226.480
1967 Porsche 911 2.0L swb: Unsold, highest bid €120.000
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster: Sold for €202.640
1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet: Unsold, highest bid €120.000
1989 Porsche 928 GT: Sold for €59.600

Picture gallery Retromobile Paris

Pictures courtesy Vintage Race Photography

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