A Truly Continental Experience

Posted on 20 March 2013

During the first week of February each year Paris is awash with motoring enthusiasts who are there to attend Retromobile – a vintage and classic car ‘salon’ or show. 

Considered by many to be the annual curtain raiser for the European classic car scene it is attended by enthusiasts from around the globe.  It’s a great chance to catch up with friends and to discuss winter projects, forthcoming events and possibly what toys ought to be purchased for the motor house….

The show features dealer stands selling everything from exceptionally rare and valuable racing Ferraris to rear view mirrors for an MG Midget. As well as the show itself there are two major auctions and, as one can imagine, plenty of people enjoying the French cuisine!  

This year Wayne attended the event for the first time while Rob returned to his old Parisian stomping ground. Despite planning ‘ample time’ they did not manage squeeze in as much as they’d hoped. Simply put there is so much to see and so many people to meet. Retromobile is packed from Wednesday onwards and the queues to get in were enormous! At this point we must give an honourable mention and thank you to Gregor Fisken and his team. Fiskens have a great stand at the event and kindly took us past the queues through the VIP gates – admittedly amidst much Gallic shrugging and scowling!

The most exciting part of the week for TK was the purchase, by a client, of an exquisite 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental – the most sought after of the Post-war Bentleys and one of the most sublime shapes ever to be placed on four wheels!

The Bentley was part of a line up of cars offered for sale by Bonhams who had managed to secure the stunning Grand Palais for their auction. The TK team closely inspected the car and the history file prior to the auction. We then advised on market values and assisted in the auction buying process, which can be a little nerve racking for the inexperienced.

With the car secured Wayne then had the task of driving the car back from Paris to our workshops – it’s a tough life but someone has to do it! Once back at the workshops the car was fully serviced by Rob Clarke, our new service manager. Further historical research is now being carried out and we hope that the original UK registration NRU 10 will be attained for the car prior to collection by our client. We also let our photographer Ashley work his magic... 

The Paris event is highly recommended; but do allow yourself plenty of time to get around the venues. 

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