Retromobile: The French are passionate about the cars of their childhood

As we talk about electric cars, the ban on thermal cars, “more and more people want to rediscover the historic car, synonymous with fun, thrill, musicality of the machine”, enthuses Matthieu Lamoure. The director of Artcurial Motorcars thus intends to carry out the largest French sale of collector models, on February 3 and 4, with more than 80 million euros in estimates. And this, on the occasion of the Retromobile show (February 1 to 5) that expects 125,000 visitors. The 1964 Ferrari 250 LM alone fetched 25 million euros, ahead of a 1979 Porsche 911 SC owned by Johnny Halliday (250 to 300,000 euros) or Jean-Paul Belmondo’s Ford Mustang in The wrong from 1983 (200 to 400,000 euros)! So, are collectors really rich? Not needed.

Artcurial’s auction also includes more affordable models… like a typical Citroën GSA, new condition, from 1983. This mass-produced tricolor compact is estimated at 15-20,000 euros. And not just Artcurial. The Retromobile show itself, held at the Porte de Versailles in Paris, offers for sale “150 to 200 cars for less than 25,000 euros”, specified its director Romain Grabowski. In the market itself. Because the average value of an old car in France does not exceed “17,800 euros, with an annual expenditure of 4,000 euros on maintenance”, underlined Jean-Louis Blanc, president of the FFVE (Federation of vintage vehicles). Therefore, it is not the most prestigious brands that hold the upper hand.

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