8 Things I Learned at the Retro Car Expo in Paris

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7th Feb, 2013

Yesterday I was offered a pass to the Retro Car Expo in Paris. I’d wanted to go to a retro car show ever since I’d found out it was an option for me several seconds earlier. So I had to go. Plus I dig old cars. This is what I learned…

1. The Citroën DS is pretty much the only attractive car the French ever made.

 

We’re really proud of it so it was sort of the star of the show.

They were everywhere, just in case you momentarily forgot what the best car in the world (made by the French) looked like…

 

2. Obviously there were lots of other beautiful cars too…

ones that I couldn’t afford, even if I sold my soul for eternity…

Not even this little guy….

(BMW Isetta in case you were wondering).

 

3. And then there was the Peugeot stand…

And even they couldn’t remember a time when they weren’t producing ugly cars, so they just went with the honest approach…

It was awkward. But they did have this fluorescent magic marker concept car that made my eyeballs want to reverse inside my head:

 

4. You can sell an old petrol pump for 5,000 Euros.

So I’m obviously in the wrong industry.

 

5. I regret that the world never found any real use for a car-towing car.

6. This bad boy made by Renault used to clean the streets of Paris back in the day…

 

7. Renault also made this awesome desert bus for transporting imperialist French soldiers across the Saharan desert. Also known as:  the Colonial-obile. Toot toot!

 

8. And Vive la France!

Someone pimped out this little Renault– Marie Antoinette style…

It was also a little awkward.

(Especially when you found out it was done by a big French fashion designer, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac)

The End.

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