Retromobile

Paris, 9 –18 February 2001

Unmolested Maserati
Not to be Outdone
... and then there was Ferrari!
... On Display


A year has passed already since the last Retromobile with its marvellous Ferrari display. The 2001 event celebrated the centenary of Mercedes Benz, thus there was not the same feast for Ferrari enthusiasts, but there were a few delicacies to titillate the palate, perhaps in need of something to savour after a winter of enforced abstinence.

Unmolested Maserati
There was also a fine selection of other Italian machinery, with Christies displaying a magnificent unrestored Maserati Tipo 60 ”Birdcage” that is to be offered in their upcoming London auction. This car, chassis number 2460, has been in the same ownership for the last 35 years, and is reputedly in the same condition as when it was last raced in 1964, albeit receiving regular mechanical maintenance to enable the owner to exercise it at will. Another Maserati with a fine patina was displayed by the Musee Nationale deL’Automobile, who brought their 250 F Formula 1 car, chassis number 2530, to the show to publicise the recent revamping of the display layout of the museum in Mulhouse. This museum should be a ”must” to visit for any classic car enthusiast, the breadth of models displayed and the ornate decoration create a surreal atmosphere not to be missed. A distant relative in the form of a one-off Fiat Fissore OSCA 1600 cabriolet was also to be found at the show, as was a closer relation, a 1957 OSCA  237 S sports racing model that shared Rudy Pas’ stand space with a 1956 Maserati 150 S sports racing model. A further fine example of the marque that carries the Trident of Bologna, was the 8 CLT model on J. Braam Ruben’s stand. This looked quite stunning with the bonnet removed, to reveal the beautifully cast cam covers, from which beneath sprouted on the left side a sixteen port exhaust manifold from the eight cylinder engine. The Club Maserati France had a more modern display comprising of Mistral, Bora and a current 3200GT road car.

Not to be Outdone
The Alfa Romeo contingent certainly did their best not to be outdone or fazed by the Maserati presence around the show. Apart from some nice pre-war sports and road models on various vendors stands, the Club Alfa Romeo de France had two exquisite examples on loan from the factory museum. The earlier of the two models displayed was the unique 1934 Tipo B Aerodinamica, with a 3 litre in-line 8 cylinder engine that produced 255bhp at 5400rpm via twin superchargers to give a top speed of 262kph. This car won the 1934 Avus G.P. driven by Frenchman Guy Moll. The second car was a 1952 Disco Volante 1900 Spider, whose Superleggera body by Touring must surely be one of the automobile world’s aesthetic masterpieces. This model is almost as rare as the Tipo B, with only three examples produced, two in the Spider form as displayed, and a single coupe.

... and then there was Ferrari!
LDA Assurances had originally planned to exhibit the 2000 championship winning F1 car on their stand, but their plans were thwarted at the last moment, so instead they had a much earlier single seater on display courtesy of the Collection Mas Du Clos. This was a 166 F2, chassis number 006C, and formed the central attraction at a cocktail party on the first Friday evening of the show hosted by the proprietor, Lucien Bernard, who had former Ferrari F1 driver, Rene Arnoux amongst the guests. Pierre Bardinon’s Chapal Leather stand with it’s traditional Le Mans pit scene setting, hosted his 330 TRI/LM, chassis number 0808, another example from the Collection Mas Du Clos making a rare public appearance. This is the unique example that won the 1962 Le mans 24 Hour race driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien, the last front engined Ferrari to win the Sathe classic. Elsewhere there was a 288 GTO, a yellow F40, a trio of Dino road cars, including an example of the rare 206 GT, and Pozzi Ferrari France had loaned their 250 GT LWB TdF berlinetta, 0607GT, to help publicise the 200 Ferraris Contre Le Cancer event in May.

Alfa Romeo Models On Display

Model

Colour Chassis # Stand

6C 1750 ? (TFO 544)

Dark Red J. Braam Ruben

6C 1750 Grand Sport

Dark Red Christoph Groh

8C 2300

Black/Red 211024 Christies

Tipo B Aerodinamica

Dark Red Club AR France

Disco Volante Spider

Red Club AR France



Ferrari Models On Display

Model

Colour Chassis # Stand

166 F2

Red 006C LDA Assurances

250 GT LWB TdF Berl’

Red/Red 0607GT 200 Ferrari

Contre Le Cancer

330 TRI/LM

Red 0808 Chapal Leather

Dino 206GT

Red/Blk-Red 00340 Bardini Automobiles

Dino 246 GT

Yellow/Black 03522 Club Dino France

Dino 246 GT

Red/Black 00802 Lecoq

288 GTO

Red/Black 52729 Cavallino Rosso

F 40 (Plexi’)

Yellow/Red 78533 Bardini Automobiles


Maserati Models On Display

Model

Colour Chassis # Stand

8 CLT

Red 3036 J. Braam Ruben

150 S

Red/Blk 1669 Rudy Pas

Tipo 60 ”Birdcage”

Red 2460 Christies

250 F

Dark Red 2530 Musee Nat’

de L’Automobile

Mistral

Pale Blue Met’ Club Maserati France

Bora

Silver/Blk Club Maserati France

3200 GT

Pale Gold Met’ Club Maserati France

OSCA Tipo 273 S

Red/Red 1187 Rudy Pas


Keith Bluemel

Ferrari 330 TRI/LM s/n 0808
206 GT displayed at Bardini Automobiles
Ferrari 166 F2 s/n 006C displayed by LDA Assurances
Maserati 8 CLT s/n 3036
Alfa Romeo Spider Touring "Disco Volante" s/n 1359.00001
Maserati 8 CLT s/n 3036, Sig. Lauro (of restaurant fame)
P2090031
Maserati Tipo 60 "Birdcage" s/n 2460
Alfa Romeo Tipo B Aerodinamica, Club Alfa Romeo France
Maserati 150 S s/n 1663
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