Anyone in Paris on January 10..
..should be in for a real treat.
The Vincennes en Anciennes Association, a group of car enthusiasts, is behind one of the biggest gatherings of vintage and classic vehicles, the Traversée de Paris, on Sunday, Jan. 10, when over 500 cars, motorcycles and buses will be paraded through the streets of Paris.
The 17-mile route begins at the Château de Vincennes and passes through Bastille, the Champs Élysées and Montmartre. Spectators wanting to ride in one of the vintage buses need to book by phone (33-6-71-98-00-19; limited seating available). After the morning ride, the vehicles will be on display at the Trocadero fountains and Place Jacques Rueff, near the Eiffel Tower.
The Traversée de Paris, now in its 10th year, celebrates vehicles of all sorts, dating from between 1912 and 1979, each with its own story. For example, a luxury Bugatti valued at between 350,000 and 3 million euros — about $500,000 to $4.2 million — will be parked next to a more common Renault 4CV (cost: between 3,000 and 9,000 euros), with their owners sharing nostalgic memories of buying, restoring and driving the cars.
Jacques de Vulpillières, for example, bought his 1976 Citroën 2CV six years ago (the car is older than he is). “It’s a family tradition,” he said. “My grandfather owned a few 2CVs, my parents as well, and my brother currently has three or four.”