Some nice bikes, Jerkys PACE is way up there for me.
Got to say though some bikes on here just shouldn't be on here. I can understand what a lot of people are saying that early DH was competed on hard tails and even totally rigid, but c'mon what should be classed as a Retro Down Hill bike is this
SINGLE CHAINRING with CHAIN GUIDE
DUAL CROWN FORKS or LONG TRAVEL SINGLE's
If a bike can be used for XC, even with minor modifications, it's just not Down Hill. These bikes are designed for throwing yourself down a mountain, they are heavy buggers with long travel forks. Downhill bikes are for riding DOWN dedicated downhill trails and race courses. Take some of these bikes out of the DOWN and they are b*stards, try going uphill on one of them. We need to set some kind of 'what is a DH bike'
As the sport of MTBing started to have more specialised disciplines DH bikes became very distinctive. If we have no specific guidelines then it would be like entering Jerkys Pace in a XC BOTM Special