Category: Retromobile

Au Revoir, Rétromobile!

As Charlie’s Parisian travels have now come to an inevitable close, enjoy a final serving of the many wonderful sights and experiences through his eyes from Rétromobile. While Charlie is traveling home soon, you can still catch up with him and find out much more about his trip and the many opportunities and new friendships he has gained during this whirlwind trip via email at

Crowds growing as the weekend approaches.

C’est cheese! No journey to Paris can possibly be considered complete without a taste of French cheeses. My mouth is watering with just the mere sight of this wonderful selection!

The highly unusual pair of voiturettes shown below are extremely rare surviving examples of the short-lived Bédelia marque. Produced by Henri Devaux and Robert Bourbeau from 1907 to 1914, the Bédelia was an innovative car for the masses with unusually narrow dimensions and tandem seating. Displayed courtesy of Les Amis de Bédelia, they are just one of so many fascinating displays at Rétromobile!

Sporting the flowing curves and flamboyant colors so emblematic of the prewar era in France, this 1939 Panhard X81 Type 140 Parisienne features equally advanced engineering. Available with either 2.5, 2.9, and 3.8-liter 6-cylinder powerplants and 7 body styles, it featured the sure handling of torsion-bar suspension and the safety of dual-circuit hydraulic brakes, which were only in widespread use by the latter part of the 1960s.

Any mention of the greatest elite Grand Touring cars of the postwar era must include the mighty Facel Vega. Featuring Chrysler V-8 power and purpose-built for effortless long-distance, high-speed touring, they are highly sought-after whenever they come to market. This example is especially attractive in this sophisticated color combination.

This bare display chassis is yet another fascinating exhibit at Rétromobile.

Artists in attendance, creating new works in this highly creative environment.

A closer look!



Milestones, Racers, and Record-Setters at Rétromobile

With so much to see and so little time, we present to you another fascinating selection of Charlie’s images and observations as his journey to Rétromobile in Paris continues to unfold. Catch him while you still can by email at today!

Oooh La La!

Shown au naturel, just as it was first displayed some 50 years ago, the Lamborghini Miura display chassis pictured above is just as stunning as the car is when fully clothed.

One of the final masterworks from Turin, Italy’s Carrozzeria Touring, the stunning Lamborghini 4000 GT Flying Star marks yet another rare and thrilling discovery at Rétromobile.

Representing the record setters is one of the very first – “La Jamais Contente,” French for “Never Satisfied” Based on an electric-powered Jentaud chassis, young Belgian Camille Jenatzy applied quite possibly the first aerodynamically streamlined body to a motorized vehicle in his quest for speed during 1899. Resembling a one-man submarine, the car reached a then-stunning mark of 65.79 mph over the flying kilometre.

Grand Prix fans were electrified by this comparison of McLaren F1 cars – one from the high-wing days of 1970 and in the foreground, a 2016 McLaren, looking as though it came off the set of a science fiction movie.






It Just Gets Better and Better Every Day at Rétromobile!

We are happy to have received Charlie’s latest images and observations from Rétromobile, and while the automobiles on display are the main attractions there, this event is an amazing experience with so much to offer. Join us for today’s latest post, and we hope you will engage with Charlie there and with Worldwide Auctioneers on his journey.  Meet up with him via email at and join in the fun!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In Paris, crèpes are mandatory and yummy, especially when filled with Nutella and served with Grand Marnier!

Fashion is also a Parisian staple, and Charlie eyed some elegant jackets, gentlemen’s accoutrements, and even some driving shoes at the show.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of France’s Gnome & Rhone company, which was normally asssociated with powerful aircraft engine design and production, is this dashing 750 X motorcycle, complete with sidecar. The holder of 20 world records in 1937, the 750 X was capable of hitting nearly 90 mph and about 70 mph with sidecar attached, making for a thrilling and very stylish ride by any standard.

Here’s Charlie with more friends – Don and Mary Swanson and Jerry Watson.

So many wonderful collectibles – something for everyone and every budget. Decisions, decisions…

Oh, what do you think of this comical display piece below – that’s one way to get a classic car for sure!

A Celebration of Automotive Icons at Rétromobile

If you want to feast your eyes on many of the world’s greatest automobiles ever conceived, Rétromobile is the place to be! Enjoy this guided tour of some of the show’s highlights with Charlie, our irrepressible lead specialist at Worldwide Auctioneers. We are sure you will enjoy the ride!

Quite likely, Citroën’s DS is one of France’s definitive motorcars of the postwar era. An almost complete departure from anything preceding it, the DS remains instantly recognizable for its avant-garde styling, not to mention its advanced engineering. Quite surprisingly, the DS proved particularly adaptable to the design interpretations of France’s remaining custom coachbuilders as well. This 1960 Citroën DS Décapotable is just one example of these stellar vehicles, fit for cruising along the Riviera with the top down. This image is just a partial depiction of the landmark Citroëns on display at Stand 1F018, in honor of the marque’s landmark centennial era.  For more details, see the official Rétromobile website at

Designed by Sir Alex Issigonis, the Austin Mini and Morris Mini-Minor and their many variations rank among the greatest automobiles from either side of the Atlantic and regardless of the era. Compact and affordable, yet offering startling performance, handling, and the benefits of front-wheel drive, the Mini also stands as one of the world’s greatest rally and circuit-racing cars of all time, with a multitude of epic victories to its credit. The cutaway display Mini below forms a wonderful study of the greatness built into this enduring charmer.

Fascinating Mini display cutaway, showing designer Alec Issigonis’ design brilliance to full advantage.

Speaking of design brilliance, the Pininfarina-designed Lancia Aurelia, in all its many forms, deserves mention. A breathtaking design, its leading-edge features included a wraparound windscreen, potent V-6 power, and a chassis purpose-built for fast touring with comfort and control in one beautiful package. At the other end of the spectrum, Lancia’s raucous and rowdy Stratos marks the automotive equivalent of a high-school delinquent in serious need of anger management. However, the Stratos redeemed itself by taking the 1970s rallying world by storm with its prodigious victory tally, until it was eventually succeeded by increasingly potent versions of Lancia’s 037 and blindingly quick Delta rally cars.

In between all the automotive indulgence at Rétromobile, one can never guess who you might see there. Today, Charlie bumped into some of the folks from Sports Car Market magazine and his friend, Stephen Murphy. It’s moments like this that remind us all of how wonderful the classic-car hobby truly is!

Following a well-deserved rest, Charlie will be back at the Place de Versailles tomorrow, wearing out shoe leather and bringing his perspective on this wonderful event to us. Email him at and join in the fun!

What a Show! Dispatches from Charlie at Rétromobile

It’s rightly been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so we hope you will enjoy Charlie’s ongoing photographic and video essay from the famed Rétromobile show in Paris. He is well underway meeting his many colleagues and friends there, but the week is still young. Connect with Charlie via email at to join in the excitement and become a part of his journey today!

Let us begin the latest post with Charlie getting up close and personal with the original monster truck, the Berliet T100, better known as “The Desert Giant.” It is one of the featured attractions of this year’s edition of Retromobile. See the official link at for full details of these immense wonders and of the intricate effort to get them there.

Hmm…I’ll take 4 of these tires for my pickup truck! Wonder if I can get them to fit…

Thought lost for decades, this beautiful, wood-hulled speedboat was built in the late 1950s with BMW 507 V-8 power! Just the ticket for Lake Como, the shores of which host the BMW-sponsored Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este in Italy.

Check out the wonderful details, including the steering wheel, intake ports, and iconic side vents borrowed from the BMW 507 sports roadster. Rediscovered in 2014, it was restored to its current beauty by the original builder! See more about this stunning BMW-powered speedboat at 

Not your old uncle’s Citroën!

Modern designs are celebrated at Rétromobile too, including this visually stunning Citroën concept supercar.

Whew! Time for lunch. Check out this wonderful charcuterie board! It pairs nicely with a good glass of wine or European beer. Elegant and delicious!

Stay tuned and follow us on the Worldwide Auctioneers blog and social media for more photos and fun from Charlie’s excellent Parisian adventures. If you want to meet up with him, he’s always never more than an email away at

Charlie’s Arrival at Rétromobile

When Worldwide Auctioneers’ Charlie Kühn arrived at Rétromobile on the evening of Monday, February 4th, the large crowd of spectators there gained an early preview of the event and the many exhibits there. Here are a few snapshots from Charlie, which embody the spirit of this time-honored gathering, and we hope you will enjoy them.

Charlie with the sizable crowd of classic-car enthusiasts waiting for doors to open at 7:00 PM.


Christmas in February and it’s just the beginning of this automotive fantasyland! Overhead view of the collectibles and models section.

Rétromobile draws visitors from Europe and around the world. Soon after arriving inside the event hall, Charlie met his good friend from Holland, Mr. Tony Paalman.

You say you need a repair manual? Well, step right up…you’ve come to the right place!

Stand by for the next day’s festivities at Rétromobile. Again, be sure to email our man in Paris at and be sure to meet up with him this week at Rétromobile!