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For Retromobile in 2002, it was the year of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Jaguar and also the return of Renault to F1, with a display of the 6 world championship winning Renault engined Benetton and Williams cars, together with the Renault RS11, winner of the 1979 French GP at Dijon. This was the first victory for Renault in the F1 World Championship series, the driver on this momentous occasion being Jean-Pierre Jabouille.

Some superb cars were brought together this year at the Porte de Versailles, however the Ferrari enthusiast remained a little hungry, as there were only a limited number of examples to satisfy his palate. The stand of Classic Cars Associates was probably the most beautiful of the show with, an Alfa Romeo 8C, a Talbot Lago T26C 1948, ex-Etancelin, s/n 110008, and a selection of three Pegaso models including a rare 1954 Racing Spider , s/n 0181. The Alfa Romeo Club France stand, was entirely dedicated to competition models, with a Tipo 159 1950 s/n 159111, one of the two Tipo 512 1940 s/n 00512, and a 1967 GTA "Autodelta", ex-Jean Rolland, s/n 10502/A. The Galerie des Damiers offered an Osca MT4 1500, s/n 1117, the Osi Silver Fox the twin boom project of Pierro.Taruffi, together with a pair sports racing Lotuses, an XI without engine, and a 30 each one with ”a lot of patina”.

For Ferrari enthusiasts the Musee Nationale de l’Automobile had a promotional stand featuring the Ferrari 212 F2, s/n 0110, from the museum, whilst on the Sport et Collection stand we could admire the 1955 Ferrari 121 LM, s/n 0558LM, being used to promote their feature event "200 Ferrari Contre le Cancer", to be held at the Val de Vienne circuit between 24 - 26 May 2002. The organisers of Rally Story exhibited another car owned by Antoine Midy, the 212 Export Motto spider, s/n 0094E, and the 375MM Pinin Farina berlinetta, s/n0 358AM, of Jean Sage was displayed on the large Michelin stand just inside the main entrance.

Retromobile was also the theatre for the first auction sale by Christie's in France. Most of the cars presented were pre-war models, with some interesting Bugattis, like a nice 1932 ex-Varzi T51, s/n 51150, which achieved the best sale price of the auction, achieving 996.750 Euros. One of the most unusual cars on offer was the unique Maserati Boomerang concept car by Giorgetto Giugiaro, which was displayed for the first time at the Turin Salon in 1971, that was sold for 721.750 Euros, with the Ferrari 330GTC selling for 105.750 Euros. The Timossi Maserati powerboat, fitted with a Maserati 450S engine #4515, didn’t sell, nor did the attractive Alfa Romeo TZ, s/n 750030.

Williams Renault FW14B
Talbot Lago T26 C s/n 110008 ex-Etancelin
Silver Fox
Ferrari 212 F2 s/n 0110
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport s/n 10814391 (Poulain+Sotheby's)

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