Retromobile 2023. Youngtimers in pictures
The Retromobile Show welcomes young people (cars between 20 and 30 years old) from various backgrounds. Those exhibited on the site of our colleagues from Youngtimers have one thing in common: they are completely original and in exceptional condition. Discover these cars in pictures.
Eclecticism, which perfectly sums up the choice of seven young people show this year at the stand of the homonymous magazine at Rétromobile. Citroën Xantia 2.0 VSX, BMW M3 E36, Porsche 993 Carrera, Toyota Supra Biturbo MkIV, Peugeot 306 S16 Le Mans and several other models sit on the throne on this particularly busy stand. Who are these young adults? The argument offers you a detailed presentation of models in pictures.
Discover the youth at Rétromobile in pictures
Three French women in the spotlight
Three tricolor models share this year’s poster: two sports cars and a smarter sedan. The Xantia goes alongside the emblematic Renault Clio Williams and Peugeot 306 S16 Le Mans. We no longer show Clio Williams, who became the muse of the youngtimers movement. One that remains one of the best bombinettes with its 2.0 16-valve 150 hp engine really enjoys the heyday of auctions with a rating that has literally risen in recent years. The Williams present at Rétromobile is one of the most sought after as it is a numbered phase 1, produced in 3,800 units out of 12,100 units sold between 1993 and 1996.
The game also includes a 306 S16 Le Mans. This one-of-a-kind compact was designed to celebrate the lion brand’s victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 905 in 1992 and 1993. but differs from the latter because of its Lucifer Red color, its specific badges as well also on the skin and interior of Alcantara. The beauty was produced in only 400 copies and is very rare today.
The Xantia shown alongside these two sports cars was a 2.0 VSX version, which was the second trim level after the Exclusive, sold from March 1993 to June 1995. As such, it entered the collection. Less efficient than the more expensive Activa version that reached 194 hp at the end of its career thanks to its V6, this Xantia represents a performance/comfort compromise worthy of interest within the chevron catalog brand. Its 1998 cc 8-valve four-cylinder3 generates 123 hp.
Two German sportswomen
Two particularly popular German sports cars of the early 1990s share pride of place on the youngtimers stand. The BMW M3 E36 makes more than one fantasizing. This version is equipped with a powerful 286 hp 3.0 l 24-valve in-line six-cylinder, manufactured in November 1993. Its Articsilber paint is pristine despite its 30 years and the 194,800 km it shows on the odometer. Equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, it claims 0 to 100 km/h in just 6 seconds.
Porsche 911 type 993 is a Carrera delivered on January 31, 1995 to fulfill the function of demonstration vehicle at Sonauto. It features a 272 hp 3.6 flat-six. Its Fast Yellow color is very rare. It especially benefits from a sports chassis, a sunroof and RS seats that are as comfortable as they come.
Two different models
Two rare and atypical cars complete the picture of these young veterans. The first was a Toyota Supra Biturbo MkIV in 1995. This fourth generation launched in Europe in the second half of 1993 was only sold in 49 units in France hence its withdrawal from the catalog at the end of 1996. Its twin-turbo 24-valve inline six-cylinder develops 330 hp, enough to reduce 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 s and the kilometer from a standing start for 25 seconds.
The only car on this stand that was not bought new in France is this right-hand drive TVR Chimaera 500 Mk2 registered in November 1998. This roadster based on the Griffith chassis was produced in 600 units between 1993 and 2003. It is the most powerful version, featuring a 340 hp V8 5.0 l Rover in aluminum tested by TVR, for a weight of just over a ton (1060 kg).