September 8 to 10, 2023
Auto-Moto Classic Toulouse was held from 8 to 10 September at the city’s Exhibition Centre. With 165 exhibitors and a constantly increasing attendance (18,000 visitors this year), Auto-Moto Classic is positioned as the largest event in the great south in the field of classic cars. We come back in pictures on the cars on display, old, sports and newer cars, as well as the festivities around the exhibition.
For its 6th edition, the show was an opportunity to celebrate some automotive anniversaries, such as the 40th anniversary of the Peugeot 205, the 60th anniversary of the Porsche 911 and the 70th anniversary of the Corvette. There was also a large set dedicated to the Delage brand, a Toyota retrospective, Stars de Pub advertising vehicles and a military camp. Outside, the vast parking lot welcomed as every year the classic cars of the visitors, but also a large space reserved “American Day”.
Cars for sale
Several specialists in classic cars had their stand and offered many cars for sale, American, beautiful Italian, Porsche among others. A section was reserved for the sale of individuals, and it was not the least interesting section with some beauties such as an elegant De Tomaso Longchamp coupe (less than 400 copies), an original Nash Ambassador, a Corvette Stingray, or more classic a Jaguar E-Type convertible or a Citroën SM.
Delage is a French brand renowned for the quality of its models and which will win many successes in competition, Grand Prix in Europe in the 1910s and 1920s and the Indianapolis 500 in 1914. Production began in 1905 and stopped in 1953. The cars present ranged from the first Type A of 1905 to a sedan of 1952, through coupes, roadsters, torpedos, coupe-chauffeur… presenting the main models of the brand.
French, sport and luxury
Another area presents some beautiful examples of French sports and luxury brands, Bugatti, Delahaye, Hotchkiss, Salmson, Talbot or Voisin…
Anniversaries : 40 years of Peugeot 205 and 60 years of Porsche 911
Several 205s recall the 40th anniversary of the 205, a car that in its time ensured the rescue of Peugeot, especially the GTi coupe and cabriolet. For its part, the Porsche 911 celebrated its 60th anniversary with some examples of different generations, showing the subtle evolutions of a recognizable line among all.
Corvette, 70 years and still young
The iconic American sports car celebrates its 70th spring in 2023, and all generations have met in Toulouse, “in coupes and convertibles, from the C1 6-cylinder and V8 with their curved lines to the latest mid-engine C8, via the C2 “split-window”. Not to mention some special series, and an amazing C2 Grand Sport roadster that could have competed with the Cobra.
Several vehicles, cars and vans, having been advertising media of brands or institutions, were scattered throughout the show. In particular, there was a stand with several strange “machines” that participated in the Tour de France caravan.
Many clubs were present, regional branches of brand clubs (Alfa Romeo, Citroën, Hotchkiss, Matra, MG, Mustang, Panhard, Peugeot …) or local clubs (JAG31 or Macadam Passion), exhibiting some cars and ready to welcome enthusiasts.
During the weekend, part of the parking lot was reserved for American Day, welcoming American vehicles. Mustang, Corvette, Camaro or Charger, muscle cars were of course widely represented, but there were also classics of the 1850s/1960s, hot rods, customs, not to mention Pickups, SUVs and trucks. The music, rock of course, put the many audience in the US atmosphere.
And even more…
… things to see, sporty Toyotas, military landing machines, motorcycles and some interesting cars in the parking lot of the classics …
Appointment is made for the 2024 edition, from 6 to 8 September 2024, with a proposal that should seduce aeronautics fans: a dynamic exhibition will retrace the links between cars, motorcycles and aviation, with a collection of vintage aircraft alongside beautiful road cars!
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