Collector’s Vehicle Show Lyon: History of Peugeot, Talbot, Cadillac, and More

2023-11-03 08:31:27

AGENDA – On the menu for the 44th edition of this collector’s vehicle show which is being held in Lyon from November 10 to 12: the history of Peugeot, the Talbot and Cadillac sagas, and the entire world of automobiles and old motorcycle.

The collector’s vehicle is not experiencing the crisis. The proof is with several hundred events organized each year and trade fairs which are experiencing increasing attendance. A few months before Retromobilethe Époqu’Auto show in Lyon opens the hibernation season for old vehicles.

This year again, the Lyon show was big: 80,000 m2 of exhibition space at the Eurexpo park, nearly 850 exhibitors – 20 more than last year -, several hundred vehicles on display (cars, motorcycles and trucks) and lots of entertainment, starting with auctions on Saturday for motorcycles and Sunday for cars.

In a festive and friendly atmosphere, Epoqu’Auto brings together the entire world of collector’s vehicles: brand clubs, event organizers, dealers in parts, miniatures and literature.

Oepl Ascona 400. Walter Tillmann

This year, this show is focused on competition with the exhibition of around ten rally models from the Stellantis group brands which have won the World Championship or the European Rally Championship. This is how this tray displayed in hall 3 brings together three Citroën world champions with Sébastien Loeb (Xsara WRC, C4 WRC et DS3 WRC), deux Peugeot – 205 T16 Evo1 and 206 WRC -, la Talbot Sunbeam Lotus that Guy Fréquelin and Jean Todt led to victory in 1981 and the Opel Ascona 400 which allowed the German Walter Röhrl to win the world championship in 1982. Integrated into the Stellantis group, Lancia will also present several machines which distinguished themselves in road events.


Road events are still in question with a field bringing together the models which served as homologation for Group A cars. These vehicles took over from the Group Bs banned by sporting authorities because of their performances considered monstrous. On display are the Ford Escort Cosworth, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6, the Peugeot 306 S 16, the Subaru Impreza and the Toyota Celica.

Motor racing in the spotlight

Cesca 740. Auto Diva

Along the aisles, visitors will be able to realize that the competition constitutes the common thread of the 44th edition. Gérard Gamand, the regional representative of the stage, presents on the stand of his Auto Diva magazine cars which distinguished themselves in hillclimb races during the 1970s. The opportunity to discover forgotten machines – boats and single-seaters – and to see pilot names resurface. On display on the stand are Jimmy Mieusset’s March 742, Guy Fréquelin’s Martini, Pierre Maublanc’s Abarth 3000 and Michel Pignard’s Cesca 740.

Peugeot in the spotlight

Peugeot 205. Peugeot

After having hesitated for a long time to devote space to motorsport, it seems that the Epoqu’Auto show is making up for it. After Ford last year, Peugeot is in the spotlight under the dome. Among the 31 vehicles presented from the Peugeot museum in Sochaux and telling the history of the brand, racing models occupy a large place. During its existence, the Franche-Comté firm has distinguished itself in a large number of disciplines, from rallying to endurance via Indianapolis and Formula 1. The Peugeot exhibition also shines the spotlight on the 205 which is celebrating this year its forty years. Launched at the start of 1983, this city car saved the Lion from going off the road. Its GTI and CTI versions are particularly sought after by collectors today.

Talbot T26 C. Talbot

Having fallen into the hands of Peugeot during the acquisition of Simca, the Talbot automobile adventure is also the subject of an exhibition. Before the war, this prestigious brand produced high-performance chassis fitted by the best French coachbuilders. Nobody has forgotten the T150 CC berlinettes bodied by Figoni & Falaschi. Their elegant aerodynamic line earned these masterpieces the nickname “drop of water”. After the war, Talbot further distinguished himself in competition, winning numerous Grand Prix races with the T26 single-seaters and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1950.

If the 205 is 40 years old, no one has forgotten that the Renault Twingo has just passed the 30-year mark. The Boulogne-Billancourt firm pays tribute to him through the presence of several examples.

Another brand in the spotlight, Cadillac is told through the presence of nearly thirty models exhibited in hall 4, from an early model to 1983.

Renault MZ-1925. Berliet Foundation

Originally from Lyon, the Berliet truck brand is also represented through the presence of the Berliet Foundation. The motorcycle is not forgotten. In addition to the celebration of the Dollar brand already seen at Rétromobile at the beginning of the year, Epoqu’Auto is giving pride of place to 50 cm3 motorcycles. Many visitors will find the machines of their youth there.

Practical information:

Eurexpo exhibition. Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Friday 10); 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – (Saturday 11); 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday 12).

Prices: €16 (adults); €14 (until the show opens); €13 (students); free for children under 12. Free parking for vintage cars over 30 years old.

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