Bless your ears this morning with a Matra V12, “it sounded like power” as it’s famously known, running on a test bench and probably blowing out every mic within a half-mile radius. It sounds like a buzzsaw. It sounds like God’s fury manifest as exhaust noise.
When we look for cars, we value both The Intelligence and The Space. Also, a deeply strange 2+1 seating arrangement featuring one normal seat and a bench with two seatbacks. That’s why the Matra-Simca Bagheera is the only car for us. Also, all other cars.
There was little else to the Matra MS11 than a humongous French V12 which wasn’t very good. But all the car needed was a bit of old-school French engineering. A year later the MS80, its sucessor, sailed Jackie Stewart to his first F1 title. (Photo by al_green)
The French might be struggling a bit with getting their mojo back at the moment, but let's not forget that we would be nowhere without French cars. They not only invented the internal combustion engine (and then put it in a boat), but were also the pioneers of motor sports, and the creators of the Renault-Matra…
As you all know, it's 12/12/12 today. For a brief moment, it will also be 12/12/12 12:12:12,12. While this is undoubtedly all very exciting, instead of waiting for the apocalypse, let's talk about V12s instead! That is the right thing to do!
In 1971, Jean-Pierre Beltoise ran out of fuel in the 1000 Kilometers of Buenos Aires and tried to push his Matra prototype into the pits. Oncoming Ferrari driver Ignazio Giunti had no chance to avoid Beltoise, crashed, and died.
It was 13 years ago, at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show, that Renault unveiled its Coupéspace concept, the didactic branding hinting at its origins: an Espace minivan turned into a coupé. This is the car which became the Renault Avantime, which was so avant of its time that the market demanded a total of 8,557 cars before…
Prints and paint, but no photoshop. The founder of the excellent formfreu.de, Markus Haub, transforms vintage racing pictures into the coolest car art we've seen all year.
Not every French car comes equipped with a diesel of infinitesimal displacement. This 3.0-liter V12 powered Matra to multiple Le Mans victories in the early ‘70s.
A 455-hp V-12 from the Countach Quattrovalvole? A pair of gullwing doors? Minivans may be more boring than watching paint dry, but every rule has an exception. This is it.
Peugeot 203, Citroen DS, Renault Alpine. Only the best headlights and other automotive memorabilia are on display at the Paris Retromobile Show. More photos of classic beauties, including a Matra, below.
An eccentric, failed French minivan-coupé first owned by a Brobdingnagian sumo champion is actually one of the greatest grand tourers ever made.
The reader who sent in the shots of this lil' yellow devil suggests that we do a "Guess This Car" quiz. So take your best shot at identifying this machine, then make the jump to check your answer.
Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path. . . Thus Rudyard Kipling introduced the jungle cat who became Mowgli's chief protector. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has his namesake- at a price you shere khan afford.
Say you've got a beater Mazda RX-7 with a good engine on one side of the garage and a clean Matra Murena with a miserable Simca engine on the other side. What do you do?
Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! I really wanted to call today's matchup Édition Débâcle, but the heads of our beloved Server Hamsters tend to explode when they're forced to deal with weird furrin letters in our headlines,…
Amongst Los Jalops, a Renault Avantime has only been spotted once — on the streets of gay Paris last year. Chalk-up another Matra-designed-and-built Renault sighting to the list. Some sort of strange melange of minivan and coupe, the oddly-arsed Avantime was only built between 2001 and 2003 and suffered from poor…
As I'm sure you all know, Friday's Choose Your Eternity poll was the most one-sided yet, with the Quadra-Opel option absolutely vaporizing the Bi-Fiat choice. It would be interesting to see how a single Opel GT would fare against its Fiat 600 counterpart in a head-to-head matchup... but that will have to wait for…
What do you get when you put a bunch of Simca running gear in a mid-engine chassis with crypto-Italian-looking bodywork? Oh yeah, and give it three front seats? The mighty Matra Bagheera! Sure, it wasn't so fast, but the French carbuying public dug it, and the car was produced from 1973 through 1980. Thanks to the…