Retromobile: The French are obsessed with the cars of their childhood

The more we talk about electric cars, the ban on thermal vehicles, “the more people want to rediscover the historic car synonymous with pleasure, excitement, the musicality of the engine,” Mathis Lamur admires. The director of Artcurial Motorcars thus intends to carry out the largest French sale of collectible models on February 3 and 4 with a price of more than 80 million euros. And this on the occasion of the Retromobile show (February 1-5), where 125,000 visitors are expected. A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM alone is valued at €25 million, well ahead of Johnny Hallyday’s 1979 Porsche 911 SC (€250-300,000) or Jean-Paul Belmondo’s Ford Mustang. Inappropriate Since 1983 (up to 200,400,000 euros)! So are collectors extremely wealthy? Not necessarily.

Artcurial’s auction will also include more affordable models… for example, a very common Citroën GSA, in new condition, from 1983. The price of this mass-produced tricolor compact car is estimated between 15-20,000 euros. And it’s not just Artcurial. The Retromobile show at the Porte de Versailles in Paris itself is for sale, with “150 to 200 cars under €25,000,” says its director Romain Grabowski. Right on the market. Because the average value of an old car in France is “€17,800, with annual maintenance costs of €4,000,” emphasizes Jean-Louis Blanc, president of the FFVE (Federation of Vintage Cars). Therefore, it is not the most prestigious brands that prevail.

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