T100, Sahara 1960

The return of the Desert Giant: the Berliet T 100 at the 2019 Rétromobile show!

In 1957, the Berliet T100 left the Lyon plant for the Grand Palais in Paris to go on show at the Motor Show. The hall’s doors were too small for the sheer build of the steel colossus, and so the T100 had to go on display in a specially designed area at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre. 62 years later, the giant is back on the road to Paris, on its way to Rétromobile. 

Even today, the T100 is an extremely impressive beast: 5 m high, 5 m wide, 15 m long with a weight of 50 tonnes. The juggernaut will be transported by Transports PREMAT, which specialises in moving extremely heavy vehicles. They move machinery weighing more than 150 tonnes every day. Michelin, firmly committed to a better way of travelling, has been part of the Berliet T100 adventure since the very beginning and is enthusiastically embracing this new challenge.

This 32 m long special convoy will leave the Berliet Foundation conservatory on Monday, 28 January 2019. It will take four days and three nights for the T100 to cover the 600 km between its current location and the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre. Every bend in the road, every roundabout, every town and every village will be an opportunity to see this huge convoy as it occupies the entire width of the road, escorted by a series of following cars and motorcyclists. A highly unusual event which will require extremely high levels of organisation across the stages:

Le Trajet du Berliet T100, Michelin
Trajet T100
© Michelin

25/01: Loading of the T100 – Le Montellier

28/01 – 229km

  • 2 PM: departure from the Berliet Foundation – Le Montpellier
  • 5:30 PM to 9 PM – stop on the RD1079 just ahead of the Madeleine junction > 11 PM, stop in Savigny-le-Sec

29/01 – 165km

  • 9 AM: departure from Savigny-le-Sec > 5 PM, stop in Auxerre

30/01 – 135km

  • 9 AM: departure from Auxerre – crossing of Sens > 5 PM, stop in Bois le Roi (Croix de Toulouse)

31/01 – 65km

  • 9 AM: departure from Bois le Roi – stop on the RN 7 at the Corbeille exit > 11 PM, arrival at gate T of the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre.
It will be possible to follow the exceptional convoy of the Berliet T100 on social networks thanks to the hashtag #GeantDuDesert.