The search is over. No more rental cars. No more reading the bus schedule. No more blurry eyes from staring at Craigslist, Buggy Bank, Autotrader, and Bring A Trailer. The search is over.
Make the jump to see my new ride.
Lady and gentlemen, the Citroen Conservatoire is one of those places where you say to yourself, after the visit– If I die now, I have no regrets and I’ve lived a full life. The collection is that extraordinary. And here’s the secret– It’s not a private collection that is next to impossible to see. Just send a courteous email to the staff, and they’ll happily fit you in.
There are hundreds of cars in the collection, so I have split this tour into four posts. Make the jump to see Nirvana-on-Earth.
That, lady and gentlemen, is $9,199 worth of damage. A matte black Yukon with a pre-runner bar rear ended my beloved wagon. The car, 1 of just 400 FWD 6-speed manuals sold in America, is a total loss. As many of you know, it takes me a long time– typically more than a year– to choose and find a car. Well, I don’t have the luxury of time and need your help. Make the jump to see what I’m considering.
1 series. 10 teams. 20 drivers. 40 cars. Say what? Because the electric racers don’t have enough juice to run the entire hour-long race, Formula E drivers have to switch cars midway through. And you know what? That’s not the most absurd thing about this series. Make the jump to find out why I think the series is a novelty with a three-year expiration date, tops.
Ready for something weird? Really weird? French weird?
After spending two days at Retromobile, I yearned for more! Five fancy dealerships– Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota, Renault, and Citroen– were within a few blocks of each other along the Champs-Elysees. I braved sub-freezing weather to visit them, and I was not disappointed.
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.
Hooniverse’s Retromobile coverage now focuses on the mom-and-pop businesses with booths at the classic car show. The sheer volume of Hoontastic toys and baubles available is mind blowing. What I have captured here is just a tiny fraction of the products on offer. The lede photo is a hand built, 1/43 scale, ultra-detailed 1938 Alfa Romeo Le Mans racer for a mere 2,900 Euros. Make the jump to see what else you can pick up with your hard earned cash.
Hooniverse’s Retromobile coverage continues with what the manufacturers brought to the Parisian car show. A handful of carmakers brought cars for their displays. For the most part, the cars were rare classics from the companies’ heritage collections. Mercedes had a substantial presence, and this beautiful C111 blew me away. Make the jump to see what else Mercedes (and other European manufacturers) brought.