Featured: The Paris Motor Show's Tribute to Cars and Fashion of Yesterday

The Paris Motor Show’s Tribute to Cars and Fashion of Yesterday

By Petrolicious Productions
October 21, 2014
13 Comments

Photography by Markus Haub

In addition to the litany of usual new cars, this year’s Paris Motor Show hosted an exhibition honoring the “Cars and Fashion” of yesteryears. Featuring fifty different vehicles, the visitor is taken on a wonderful journey through the decades seeing both their automotive and fashion legacies.

The exhibit follows the timeline of the car’s development and follows the history of the automobile from the end of the Industrial Revolution through today. Included are cars like the first Panhard and Ford Model T to the stars of countless concours d’elegance such as the Voisin Aerosport. Post-war icons such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Facel Vega HK II, and Citroën DS19 were included as were icons of the Pop-Art years. The exhibition even included performance-era pocket rockets like the Peugeot 205 GTI and Citroën CX GTI Turbo.

Modern cars showcased were focused squarely on collaborations between fashion designers and the auto industry with cars such as the Peugeot HX1, Mini Paul Smith, and Seat Mii by Mango. The imagery was enhanced by large-framed pictures shot by legendary fashion photographers Henry Clarke, Robert Doisneau, Helmut Newton, Peter Knapp, Jean-Daniel Lorieux, and Peter Lindbergh as well as vintage pictures produced by the original manufacturers (advertisements or catalog extracts), which could pass for fashion photography themselves.

Not only are production cars included, but also one-offs from the eras that are rarely, if ever, seen in public. Concepts like the Bertone Carabo and Maserati Boomerang by Italdesign take center stage along with the Renault Talisman, Avantime, and DeZir. The exhibit ended two days ago, so if you didn’t catch it this is your chance to see what you missed…

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Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman
9 years ago

repeating the call for post editing facilities please !
🙂

mgb GT 72
mgb GT 72
9 years ago

Just found it! Mr Foose sr. converted a de Tomaso Pantera. (http://www.carscoops.com/2010/05/foose-made-alfa-romeo-carabo-replica.html)
I wish Bertone and Pininfarina build more of these mind-blowing concept cars.
It is the same with Citroen, it used to build cars like the DS, 2CV, CX….. Mehari that were so totally different from the rest.

mgb GT 72
mgb GT 72
9 years ago

Did mr. Foose sr. use a 33 stradale chassis like the original has, as suggested by mr Neuman?

TJ Martin
TJ Martin
9 years ago

Wow .. the systems running at maximum slow today ! Sorry AN … if your post would of shown up I wouldn’t of posted mine . As an addition though Sam Foose .. Chip Foose’s old man later built an exact replica of the original Carabo when the owners were unwilling to sell . So yeah … there’s two … the original … and Sam’s replica .

Not to give away my age or anything … but I can remember like it was yesterday when the Carabo appeared on R&T’s cover way back when . Oh damn …. now I’m really depressed , Remembering how good R&T used to be and how bad its become today ..

I’m in need of a serious Happy Fix Petro crew … so please … tomorrow … pretty please

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman
9 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

np tjm.
the carabo is a long time favourite; as a lad i had the matchbox and corgi models, including one corgi that had a removable chassis.
🙂

TJ Martin
TJ Martin
9 years ago

Guest ( MGB GT 72 )

If memory serves me correctly thats the Alfa Romeo Carabo concept car . A real stunner from back in the day

MGB GT 72
MGB GT 72
9 years ago

I know most of these are all Bertone concept cars

MGB GT 72
MGB GT 72
9 years ago

what kind of Alfa is that green car on the first picture?
At first I thought Lotus, but then I saw the Alfa badge…. the shape doesn’t give me any clues

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman
9 years ago
Reply to  MGB GT 72

bertone carabo, used an alfa 33 stradale chassis

Scott Logan
Scott Logan
9 years ago

That Facel Vega is absolutely beautiful!! I wish there were more out there.

TP
TP
9 years ago

TJ, I agree it’s so sad. Cars today are disposable appliances. How do some people get so excited about a fucking Prius? Automatons.

TJ Martin
TJ Martin
9 years ago

You know … on one hand these photos make me very happy . Seeing once again many of the dream cars of my youth as well as remembering how innovative and cutting edge [ not to mention iconoclastic .. especially Le French ] the French and Italian motor industries used to be .

But on the other hand … they make me very sad . Thinking about what both the Italian and French motor industries have become . Best summed up by the American Bard’s [ Woody Guthrie ] words ;

” Little boxes .. on the hillside .. and they’re all made out of ticky tack .. and they all look the same ”

Suffice it to say y’alls left me rather conflicted this morning as I down another cup . Here’s hoping for a 2nd story today to pull me out of it ….. snif

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
9 years ago

Cool pictures. Thought I recognised the Facel Vega II, it’s the same one I got to ride on the run from [url=”http://petrolicious.com/goodwood-revival-2013-part-1-a-vintage-car-run-from-paris-to-england”]Paris to Goodwood[/url] last year

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