This year, Retromobile is dedicating its "a Man, a Collection" exhibition to a Frenchman who has been collecting, restoring and showcasing Maseratis for nearly 40 years. Bernard Guénant, an engineer passionate about the car that he turned into his job, is one of the most renowned ambassadors of the Italian brand in France and beyond.
A specialist in car distribution whose family group was founded nearly a hundred years ago in France's Charente region, Bernard Guénant has set up a restoration and service hub for Maserati cars that combines tradition and modernity – Trident Classiche, based in La Roche-sur-Yon. This highly specialised company that represents Ferrari Classiche and Maserati Classiche in France and which houses authorised bodywork and mechanic repair workshops for both vehicle makes, was identified in 2019 as a company representative of France's “Living Heritage” by the Minister for the Economy and Finance. A label given in recognition of its time-honoured methods and the high quality of the work that it does.
Bernard Guénant started collecting Maseratis for his own enjoyment at the start of the 1980s. Over the years, he has put together one of the largest Maserati collections in Europe, of which a part recounting the history of its grand tourers is on show at this year’s Rétromobile at stand K064, Hall 1.