A classic car dealer in such a prime location? Definitely worth a look. Sorry for the poor photo, but in the left you can see Royal Automobile, and in the top right you can see the tip of the Eiffel Tower. As far as automotive things in Paris go, this is pretty much as prime as it gets. Not even the big brands are this close.
In one corner of the showroom was this unassuming spiral staircase. With no apparent signage I wasn’t sure if it was a private area, but the salesman seemed to motion that I could go down, so I took a chance figuring he’ll soon tell me if I’m not allowed.
The spiral staircase descended into an underground basement filled to the brim with cars of all types and varieties. I assume they were all for sale, but none of them had any prices or information on them.
This corner was filled with all sorts of interesting Ferrari parts. As was the case upstairs nobody spoke English so it was tricky getting more information, but those are real Borrani wire wheels on the left, and that race seat up the back is from the Ferrari Challenge.
The mechanic didn’t seem that friendly, but I’ve probably only got myself to blame. In very broken French asked what this block could be from – it had Fiat stamped on the side, yet it was a V8 I mused as I struggled to think of a V8 powered Fiat. “That is Ferrari Dino” I was bluntly told. Oh…
What looked like an AC was undergoing reassembly post restoration. I really don’t know how much it costs to have a car restored in an underground lair in the middle of Paris, but it can’t be cheap. Surprisingly though, they seemed happy to let me wander all though the workshop with my camera.
The bodywork looked good, and I think it was undergoing reassembly after a sympathetic restoration. I didn’t look over restored, just in good condition with some subtle patina. The way a car should be restored.
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