I just spent a few weeks in Euroland touring WWI battlefields with my father. This was something he’s wanted to do his whole life and it was a really interesting thrill. I also spent some time in the Netherlands with Opponaut and LaLDer Jobjoris where we saw every cool car ever. More on that later. But, first I checked out this great little automobile museum in the city of Reims (pronounced like “France” without the “F” for some reason). Reims is in the Champagne region, so sees lots of tourists who go to drink bubbly, but it was also the home of the great Grand Prix circuit, Reims-Gueux, so has a great automobile tradition. And this museum reflects that. So here are some potato pictures.

You know you’re in the right place when there’s a Renault Estafette, a Trabi, and a DAF sitting out front.
This little guy is called a Rosengart, which is a marque I’d never heard of.

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Beautiful early Peugeot 301.
1936 Panhard et Levossor Dynamic. Gorgeous piece of art deco design that my dad fell in love with.
I love the air-cooled boxer twin powering this SIMA-Violet.

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1937 La Licorne, another fairly obscure early French marque.
There isn’t much cooler in this universe than a Citroën BX 4TC.

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This is a Citroën concept mock up called the ECO 2000 from ‘84.
Autobianchi Bianchina, a gussied up Fiat 500 made famous when a gorilla drove one in a Pink Panther movie.

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No museum is complete without a Citroën Visa.
CG 1200S, a SIMCA powered sports car built by coachbuilders Chappe Frères et Gessalin. It’s not an Alpine.

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The MG powered Baumann.

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A French mini Jeep called the Poncin built in 1992 with Renault power.

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Hotchkiss-Willys fire Jeep.
Great collection of pedal cars.
The King.

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Berliet fire truck.
Gordini powered Fournier-Marcadier.

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The great Peugeot 104Z, big brother to my Citroën LNA (more on that later).
HOLY FUCKING SHIT A LIGIER JS2! This made my day.

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Adorable little Panhard Junior.
Panhard Dyna, the fish face car.

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Mochet CM125Y. One of my favorite microcars. Built by the man who invented the recumbent bicycle.
Vespa 400

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New Map Solyto, a primitive micro truck that was in production into the 70's.
The infamous Mini Comtesse, a teeny “sans permis” car from the 70's that could be driven without a driver’s license. It’s a 3-wheeler, but if you notice, it has little training wheels to keep it from tipping over.

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This is the Mini Comtesse Super, an actual 4-wheeler.
This is a bare stainless steel Peugeot 504 TI ordered special by a steel and stainless steel sheet supplier. Over 300,000 kilometers and no rust.
Panhard Dyna X.

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This is an insane custom built car called the Radovich that was completed in 1958. It sits on a Peugeot 403 chassis.
There was also a great collection of model cars of both tin and diecast.

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If you’re ever in Champagne, I highly recommend a visit to this place. It’s a fascinating collection.