After a two-year absence, the Retromobile show will resume possession of the Parc Expo at Porte de Versailles, in Paris, from February 2 to 6, 2022, for a new colorful edition during which the Gordini brand will be celebrated.
An unmissable event for enthusiasts of cars and vintage vehicles, Rétromobile brings together more than 1,000 vehicles each year, some 600 exhibitors, as well as dozens of Clubs and artists, not to mention the Artcurial auction which will include in particular during this 2022 edition, a Gordini Type 18S chassis driven in 1950 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by Juan-Manuel Fangio.
Many chassis bearing the Gordini brand will in fact be present at the Parisian event since a retrospective called « The fabulous Gordini saga » will be organized there in partnership with the National Automobile Museum, the Schlumpf Collection and the historian Christian Huet.
This exhibition will offer an overview of the work of the engineer Amédée Gordini from 1947 to 1971, a period during which the native of Bazzano (Italy) first distinguished himself in competition with the help of his sponsor Simca. Between 1946 and 1950 he thus imposed in the race his single-seater driven by an engine of 1100 cm3 during the Grand Prix of Nîmes, at the Bol d’Or as well as on the circuit of Reims, then within the framework of the Grand Prix of Marseille 1949 with for pilot a certain Juan-Manuel Fangio, which he also helped to introduce to the public.
In the wake of these Formula 1 chassis, then came Formula 2 and Sport-Prototype vehicles which shone on the track with Jean Behra in particular, but tired of fighting with reduced means and often under-motorized machines, Amédée Gordini decided to abandon the manufacture of racing chassis in 1957 after having assembled his 33rd vehicle. The Italian then owed his rebound to a long collaboration (17 years) with the Régie Nationale Renault, which proved to be most successful and gave birth to the Dauphine Gordini, R8 Gordini and Alpine Gordini models to name a few.
Nine vehicles bearing the Gordini brand will be visible at the Paris Motor Show, including the famous R8 Gordini from 1964, the Gordini 43 Type 31 S from 1954, victorious at the 24 H of Le Mans in 1954 in the 2 and 3 liter category, or a Gordini 35 Type 16 single-seater from 1954 powered by a 6-cylinder block.
Photo: Gordini 35 Type 16 1954 – Credit: Rétromobile