The 2024 Retromobile Show in Paris Celebrates the Centenary of MG

The 2024 Rétromobile Show, scheduled from 31 January to 4 February in Paris, promises to be an exceptional event for enthusiasts of historic cars, with a leading role reserved for the centenary of the English car manufacturer.

The poster of the event pays homage to the centenary of the British brand MG, with an exhibition of original vehicles never exhibited in France, including the MG Old Number One from 1925 and the EX 135 from 1938, together with the protagonist, the aforementioned EX 181 of 1957.

Mercedes-Benz Classic and the Gem of Motoring: the 300 SL “Hobel”

The heart of the Mercedes-Benz Classic division’s activities will be the iconic 300 SL. Among the collectibles on display, the rare 300 SL “Hobel” racing prototype stands out, a true jewel in the history of motorsport.

The 300 SL “Hobel”: An Unfinished Masterpiece

The “Hobel” is a testament to advanced German engineering. Conceived in 1953, building on the success of the 300 SL of 1952, this unique car was equipped with a 215 HP engine with direct petrol injection. However, its history is marked by “what might have been”, as Mercedes turned towards Formula 1 in 1954, leaving the 300 SL “Hobel” without ever competing.

At Rétromobile 2024, Mercedes-Benz Classic will offer three examples of the W 198 generation Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster for sale. Two of these cars have been restored to the high standards of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre, while the third offers a fascinating project of restoration with its completely original technology.

The German brand demonstrates excellence in services for classic vehicles, aiming to preserve originality through restorations that keep the original substance intact as much as possible.

Dakar Rally: the success story

Auf diesem Mercedes-Benz 280 GE der Baureihe 460 gewinnen Jacky Ickx und Claude Brasseur die Rallye Paris–Dakar 1983. Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur won the Paris–Dakar Rally in this Mercedes-Benz 280 GE from model series 460.

The Dakar Rally is a legendary race that began in 1978 under the leadership of Thierry Sabine. Every year several thousand competitors compete over thousands of kilometres. In 2024, Rétromobile pays homage to this monument of motor sport with a unique exhibition focusing on the vehicles and drivers who have left their mark on the history of the competition. But that’s not all, because some adventurers who took part in the Dakar Rally will be present at Rétromobile to tell their adventures and anecdotes of all kinds. Among them: Jacky Ickx, Claude Marreau, Thierry de Montcorgé, Cyril Neveu and André Dessoude!

Renault: 125 Years of History on Display

Renault will be a protagonist of the 48th edition of Rétromobile, celebrating its 125 years of automotive history. On display, five highly successful racing models, including the 1956 Renault Etoile Filante powered by a 270 HP turbine.

To celebrate the iconic Renault 5, ahead of the debut of the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric at the Geneva International Motor Show, Renault will present three resin models of the profile of the Renault 5 Prototype, revealing the official colors of the production model.

The 2024 Salon Rétromobile promises to be an unmissable event for historic car enthusiasts, with Mercedes-Benz and Renault leading the celebration of automotive history.