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The 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d’Elegance Paris, France

* Updated * Thanks to reader Robbie Marenzi for identifying the makers of some of the unknown cars and the coachbuilders. The Concours d’Elegance originated in France and dates back to the 17th century. This is the third in a series of posts featuring period photographs of early French Concours. The gathering shown here was the 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d’Elegance held in Paris, France. In 1897 the Parc des Princes was developed into a stadium complex complete with a bicycle racing track (velodrome).

At this 1929 event, a wide variety of custom coachwork on chassis’ by many different makers can be seen on the field with the majority of them being closed cars. In the fashion of the time many were outfitted with sun visors, ornate mascots, dual bar or tubular bumpers, spun aluminum wheel discs, running board boxes and add-on trunks.

Many of the open cars were fitted with cycle fenders, louvered side covers for the frame and running gear and step plates. The exquisite dual cowl phaeton by Ballot with coachwork by Lavocat & Marsaud in the lead photo is a perfect example of this style, and is wearing dual windshields with wind wings, wheel discs and Marchal headlamps.

We have identified some of the automobiles, but if you know the makers of any of the others or who built the coachwork, please send us a comment. You can take a look back at our earlier French Concours d’Elegance photos and see the changes in design that occurred in the early thirties. The French National Library (BnF) photographs are press photos from l’Agence Meurisse (Paris).

  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance Saoutchik-bodied Mercedes  Bugatti Type 43
  • Saoutchik-bodied Mercedes – Bugatti Type 43 – Ballot with coachwork by Lavocat & Marsaud.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance 1928 Packard Standard Eight
  • 1928 Packard Standard Eight with coachwork by Gallé.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance
  • Car with sun roof probably a Voisin, followed by a Delage, then a Panhard et Levassor and a Renault.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance Hispano-Suzia H6B
  • Hispano-Suzia H6B with coachwork by by Maurice Proux.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance Hispano-Suzia H6B
  • Hispano-Suzia H6B.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance Type 43 Bugatti
  • Bugatti Type 44.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance
  •  Farman with coachwork by Kellner.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance
  • Lorraine-Dietrich.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance 1929 Renault
  • Renault Reinastella.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance
  • Talbot.
  • 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d'Elegance 1929 Panhard et Levassor
  • Panhard et Levassor with coachwork by by Maurice Proux.

10 responses to “The 1929 Parc des Princes Concours d’Elegance Paris, France

  1. Main picture = Ballot with body by Lavocat & Marsaud

    1 – Mercedes Benz by Saoutchik – Bugatti T43 – Ballot
    2 – Packard with body by Gallé
    3 – Car with sun roof probably Voisin – next Delage – next Panhard et Levassor – next Renault
    4 – Hispano Suiza with body by Maurice Proux
    5 – Same as above
    6 – Bugatti
    7 – Farman with body by Kellner
    8 – Lorraine-Dietrich
    9 – Renault Reinastella
    10 – Talbot
    11 – Panhard et Levassor with body by Maurice Proux

  2. The lead picture, the Ballot, has close-cropped fenders, but I don’t think they are cycle fenders, because they appear to be attached to the frame, and would not turn with the steering.

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