Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Salon Rétromobile 2016.
Elegant cabriolets and sporty roadsters are among the highlights of Mercedes-Benz’s model history. At the Salon Rétromobile in Paris, Mercedes-Benz Classic is shining the spotlight on this tradition combining design, sportiness and comfort. The vehicle exhibits range from the luxurious 300 S from 1956 and the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet from 1969 to two SL sports-car classics in the shape of the 300 SL Roadster from 1959 and the 280 SL from 1968 to the new S-Class Cabriolet (A 217). The Salon Rétromobile in Paris is the first major classic-car show of the international season and takes place in the Paris Exhibition Centre at Porte de Versailles from 3 to 7 February 2016. Mercedes-Benz Classic is exhibiting on Stand K 064 in Pavillon 1.
Mercedes-Benz has been making the dream of sporty motoring in luxurious open-top cars come true for generations. Mercedes-Benz Classic is showcasing this unique historic dimension at the Salon Rétromobile with a journey through time, focussing on the culture of the Stuttgart brand's cabriolet and roadster models. A total of six cars can be seen on the stand, which encapsulates the feel of open-top driving with its filigree and airy architecture.
The most expensive vehicle from any German car brand.
From the 1950s come the 300 S (W 188) and the 300 SL Roadster (W 198). When it premiered at the Paris Motor Show in October 1951, the highly exclusive 300 S was the most expensive vehicle from any German car brand, even outstripping the prestigious Mercedes-Benz 300 Saloon from which it was derived when it came to exclusivity and price. The 300 SL Roadster unveiled in 1957, on the other hand, is the open-top version of the 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupé (W 198) from 1954. This model is in turn derived from the racing car of the same name (W 194), with which Mercedes-Benz achieved numerous international successes in 1952. Together with the 190 SL (W 121) launched in 1955, the 300 SL Roadster established the tradition of open-top Mercedes-Benz production sports cars boasting the magical “SL” tag. The line-up of classic open-top cars from Mercedes-Benz on display is completed by the 280 SL (W 113, “Pagoda”) and the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet, while the new S-Class Cabriolet (A 217) brings things right up to date.
Grand opening for the classic-car season.
French classic-car enthusiasts established the Salon Rétromobile 40 years ago. Since its premiere in 1976, the show has become one of the most important events on the international classic-car calendar and also the season's curtain-raiser. Given the huge popularity of the show in recent years, the 2016 event is being held in Halls 1 and 2.2 of the Exhibition Centre at Porte de Versailles, Paris.
The organisers are expecting around 450 exhibitors and more than 100 clubs with over 500 vehicles on display. In addition to manufacturers, associations and dealers, exhibitors include restorers, art dealers and service providers covering multiple aspects of classic cars. Focal points of the event include the new vehicles from the year in which the Rétromobile was established – 1976 – among them the Mercedes-Benz W 123, which marks a milestone in the E-Class tradition.
Further highlights include an exhibition of record-breaking cars from the collection at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, futuristic vehicle designs from past decades and classics from the early years of the 20th century. Rétromobile 2016 will also feature auctions of historic cars, hosted by the Artcurial auction house among others.
The Salon Rétromobile show takes place from 3 to 7 February 2016. On the Wednesday (3 February) the show is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., while on the other days the opening times are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.