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!