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Retromobile 2015: Potpourri Edition

Jim Yu February 20, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To... 6 Comments

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We end Hooniverse’s coverage of Retromobile 2015 with random oddities. From old prototypes to coach-built one-offs, we’ve got everything. I approached this white car from the rear and assumed it was some obscure Japanese car, perhaps a Mazda. Wrong. It’s a 1963 Lancia Flaminia by Pininfarina. I really dig the taillight treatment.

Now, a couple of palate cleansers from German Mercedes tuner Kienle. Landaulets are supposed to be classy and exude prestige. This Maybach 62S just looked tacky.

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And here we have a Maybach coupe. I thought for a brief moment that it was the Exelero. But alas, no.

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Someone brought a pair of gorgeous Alfas. This coupe is an Alfa Romeo 2000 Praho, made specifically for the 1960 Turin Motor Show.

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This Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Pininfarina was built in 1949 for a rich Sicilian family. It was quite a sight in person.

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Lots of old prototypes were displayed, like this Autobianchi A112 Giovani concept. Ran When Parked had a great write-up about it.

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This OSCA 1600GT looked like a 3/4 scale Lamborghini Islero.

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The Citroen SM club had a fundraiser, selling diecasts. I really wanted to buy this crash test SM. But when I went back to the show on Sunday, someone had already bought it. Shucks.

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Youngtimers is a term used in Europe to describe classic cars of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. There is a French car magazine by that name. They brought a whole bunch of Matras to the show and they were mobbed. I could not take a single picture without tons of people in the shot. Here are two Murena 3-seaters, a Bagheera, and a 530 targa.

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Youngtimers also brought a Matra designed and manufactured Renault Avantime. It was very popular.

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And here is an original Renault Espace, with Matra badging.

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A Lancia Stratos-based Sibilo by Bertone, circa 1978.

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Next to the Lancia in the lede was this 1953 Lancia Aurelia B52 Vignale.

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The local Autobianchi club brought two cars. The guys basically set up a couple of couches next to the cars and just ate, drank, and hung out. They were having a ball. It was like a little clubhouse.

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The Simca club built this elaborate birthday cake with 80 candles and 80 diecast cars. So much geekery.

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The Rolls-Royce club brought this Corniche and surrounded it with movie theater seats. It was a weird arrangement.

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The Paris Facel Vega club brought 1.5 Vega’s to the show. Do those guys look like Vega enthusiasts or what?

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Obscure Panhard gullwing racer is obscure.

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This concludes the Retromobile coverage. Stay tuned as I show you the five flagship dealerships along the Champs-Elysees and the incredible collection at the Citroen Conservatoire.

Images source: Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Jim Yu

  • topdeadcentre

    Beautiful!

  • You're right, the lede pic of the Lancia looks like it could be a 90's Mazda Cosmo.

  • Preludacris

    Lancia or Mazda, that is a really nice way to finish off a car.

  • dukeisduke

    Retromobile is now on my bucket list.

  • mac350

    I love the way the Italian designers in the 60's used steelies and small hub caps. By de-emphasizing the wheels the eye is drawn to the car body as sculpture. Modern concept cars have proprietary cast wheels (big, big wheels) that tend to overwhelm the car. Kinda of like putting a pair of Nike Hyperdunks on Michelangelo's David.

  • Alff

    At first glance, I thought that Lancia might be Pininfarina’s take on a Corvair.