Rendezvous? Not in that old banger

Fancy a re-make of C'etait un Rendezvous? You'll not be doing it in an old Ferrari if Paris's mayor gets his way. Or, indeed, a Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9, as was actually used to film the underground classic thanks to its smoother ride making it a more stable camera platform.

6.9 was the real underground star in Rendezvous
6.9 was the real underground star in Rendezvous
As we discovered for ourselves not that long ago, for all its speed and tank-like build (no sniggering about Panzers on the Champs Elysees at the back...) the 6.9 doesn't really make much in the way of exciting noises, its three-speed auto slurring its shifts like a Belle Epoque hedonist after too much absinthe. Hence the overdub of screaming Ferrari V12 and gratuitous gearshifting.

Rendezvous is enjoying another seasonal re-release on DVD and BluRay, the film's promoters offering further enticements with a competition offering a weekend with a Ferrari for the winner and free copies for 25 runners up. See here. (Note; closing date is actually December 8, not November 23 as it says on the confirmation screen!)

All very well but if Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe gets his way neither 6.9s nor classic Ferraris will be welcome on the city's streets, no matter how carefully driven. The move, already much discussed, is dressed as an environmental incentive to get rid of the 370,000 or so smoky old French cars still on Parisian streets. Hopefully to be replaced by 370,000 shiny new French cars, cynics may argue.

Proud owners of valuable classics probably wouldn't want to risk them on Parisian streets anyway but if you were thinking of whisking your significant other off for a romantic weekend in your early 90s MX-5 (other roadsters are available) you'd best do it sooner rather than later.

P.H. O'meter

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  • johnvx220 05 Dec 2012

    I feel so sad and angry that there is going to be a ban on classic cars from Paris and other major cities in Europe. I personally now drive an 'eco' car,(Seat Leon Ecomotive-chipped of course,) but also have a Citroen 2CV. I have driven 2CV's for 20 years while also owning and driving some very fast cars. These cars if well maintained are much cleaner than some 10 year old oil burner. Most parts of a classic car can be reused so therefore reducing the carbon footprint. 'New' cars take a huge amount of resources to manufacture and in many cases often don't have a 10 year life span due to faulty electrics systems etc. Don't get me wrong I love getting into a new car and look forward to changing mine every 3-4 years.
    If the French Control Technic was enforced the same standards as our MOT, most of the dirty cars would be taken of the road and hopefully some of their dirty buses as well. To see a ban on classics like Sm's, DS's, Tractions etc. or a classic mini seems so wrong.
    Has anyone thought about the many hundreds of classic cars that must be garaged within the proposed banned area? Andre Citroen must be turning in his grave.
    I hope the French will rise up and block the centre and outskirts of Paris with all their classics for a couple of days to prove the passion for older cars.

  • cml 05 Dec 2012

    Twincam16 said:
    cml said:
    There is already something like this in Germany I believe - where you need to buy a permit thing to enter a city centre, classed by 'emissions', which precludes older cars.

    Even the Germans - and they love their motors.
    Are you completely sure about this? I go to Germany quite a lot - multiple times this year alone - and I probably see as many if not more classics on their city streets than we do here. In Berlin, Trabant hire is extremely popular and some of those have two-stroke engines!
    I've no personal experience - but I've read about it on some site or other about driving in Germany - (quick Google) - looks like it could get messy, some city centres only at present (not Berlin it seems). Details: German Green Zones

  • petrolsniffer 04 Dec 2012

    Love rendezvous but always loved getaway in stockholm abit more probally because it was more real

    If it goes ahead bad news for poorer paris residence it seems the majority of french keep thier cars long as possible when i've looked on thier classifeds there are tons of battered 205's with intersteller mileage at stupid prices!

  • theamazinbagman 04 Dec 2012

    This seems a strange thing for communists to do

  • cwis 04 Dec 2012

    998420 said:
    That 2CV so loved by "Green" poseurs chucks out 20x the pollutants of a new Porsche Turbo, always fun reminding them...
    Depends on how you measure "pollutants"

    60MPG - double the MPG of the porker means half the pollutants. If pollutants equals C02.

    If it's Sulphur Dioxide or carbon monoxide then yes - they stick some out because they don't have a tube of rare earth metals mined, transported and processed at huge cost to the environment to burn them up in the exhaust. If they did (like the porker) then again, less than half the pollutants.

    The above may be advanced pedantry but think before you echo Clarkson's comments from the 90's.

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