Bagheera/Murena

The cars : Matra-SIMCA Bagheera

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It takes three The Matra company were responsible for two extremely interesting mid-engined sports cars during the 1960s; its own version of René Bonnet’s Djet, and then, in 1967, the first car to be designed entirely by Matra: the M530. Both cars were built around the same ideals of mid-engined layout, low weight, superior aerodynamics […]

The cars : Matra Murena

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Smoothly does it The Bagheera was a good example of that old cliché, ‘racing improves the breed’, and following Jackie Stewart’s world championship at the wheel of a Matra-Tyrrell and back-to-back Le Mans victories in 1973/74, Matra’s credentials were impeccable. Clearly the Bagheera had been a commercial and critical success for Matra and Chrysler, and […]

Concepts and prototypes : Matra-SIMCA Bagheera U8

Chrysler may have been content for the Bagheera to use the 1294 and 1442cc SIMCA power units, but there were people within Matra that disagreed… The Bagheera had always been designed to fulfill the role of inexpensive and practical sports coupe, and thanks to its all-round efficiency, it managed to achieve a great deal despite […]