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A century of mobile heritage

The 1928 Bugatti Type 35B that won the very first Monaco Grand Prix, pictured shortly before it headed to UNESCO’s Paris HQ for the Century of Mobile Heritage exhibition. Photo: Uwe Schueler.

The 1928 Bugatti Type 35B that won the very first Monaco Grand Prix, pictured shortly before it headed to UNESCO’s Paris HQ for the Century of Mobile Heritage exhibition. Photo: Uwe Schueler.

 

AS part of ‘Paris Week’, the five-day finale to World Motoring Heritage Year 2016, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) organised an exhibition titled ‘A Century of Mobile Heritage’, at UNESCO’s Head Office in Paris.

The exhibition aimed to illustrate, through a selection of two- and four-wheeled vehicles from disparate eras of our international automotive history, how historic cars and motorcycles are a crucial part of our human heritage. The historic vehicles were chosen not only for their ages, their importance, and their international provenance, but also for being strikingly original and well-preserved, rather than restored.

Hence the spectacular display ranged from the 1892 Panhard et Levassor Type P2D, said to be the oldest running car in the world, through cars of the 1920s and 1930s (including the actual 1928 Bugatti Type 35B that won the very first Monaco Grand Prix, a 1937 Delahaye 135 Compétition and 1938 Packard Eight 1602), right up to cars of the 1960s (Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ, CD Peugeot, Porsche 911 ‘SWB’). The historic motorcycles on display comprised a 1930 Majestic and M.G.C., plus the powerful, flat-twin BMW R75/5 of 1969.

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