France in the mid to late seventies was indeed a wonderland to an English car spotter. Cars you'd never seen before - Ami 6, Panhards, DS19's. Even the Minis were different, both the traditional and the Innocenti 90/120. Fords were quite rare, VW's were driven by German tourists. Everything else was French. Early corrugated bonnet 2CV's were still around in small numbers and in 1977, I saw an Alfa that hadn't been launched in the UK, the 116 Giulietta. Mercedes and BMW were still an exotic rarity outside of their homeland.
1989 730i E32. Fuck yeah. 1994 318Ti track slag. 1999 318i Touring. An E36, no less.
If at first you don't succeed - lower your standards.
I still saw a fair amount of yellow headlights in Paris when I visited in 2003.
Rendezvous was used as the music video for a Snow Patrol song a few years ago. It didn't use the the whole film, and the engine noise was gone, but it might have lead a few people to the full film. song was a bit bollocks though.
I revisited the same place I went on a school trip to in 1989 a couple of years ago (Boulogne).
I took a load of photos of brand new Range Rovers and XJS’s being loaded onto the ferry.
France still has that vibe today, and you still see the odd yellow lights.