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  • Renault Espace

    Renault Espace: from MPV to crossover

    On Sunday morning I always get fresh German sandwiches at the gas station on the Apeldoorns Kanaal. When I got the loot, a man got out of a huge car. From the front I saw that it was a Renault. On the back was Espace… The thing was stretched and wide. And quite low. Read more

  • Matra Rancho

    Matra Rancho, the poor Range Rover

    Times were turbulent. Simca became Talbot. Mother company Chrysler Europe was not a success and if you enter the collective memory as 'the car of Bassie & Adriaan', then you do not have to be undividedly proud of it. The Matra Rancho was sold as Matra-Simca Rancho and Talbot-Matra Rancho. Read more

  • Matra Murena

    Matra Murena. A wonderful mix

    Murenas were made from 1980 to 1983 in the Matra factory in Romorantin. Due to the collaboration with PSA, the car was sold under the brand name Talbot as Talbot-Matra Murena. In fact, the Murena was a bluff. It looked elegant and sporty, but in terms of motor and performance, a Murena was more of a ladies' car than a track monster. Read more

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    Matra Djet as a barn find: From an old man

    What's in a name? Shakespeare was already wondering. The Matra Djet was also known as Matra Bonnet Djet, Matra Sports Djet and Matra Sports Jet. The binding factor was René Bonnet. But whatever name you put on it, the discovery of André Kout, the man behind Kout Automobiles Read more

  • Matra Bagheera

    Matra Bagheera: Verkeerd Afgelopen

    A GPS system is a revelation, not only that addresses are found flawlessly, but that the route often leads over the smallest roads, even sandy paths. All this on command of a sweet-voiced female voice. And so we drove towards the autumn of 2016 in France on a forest path where suddenly the pictured here Read more

  • Bubble talk

    Bubble talk

    We have again collected a number of fun facts, for at the bar, at a party or at a drink about classics. Ideal Drink Talk! Matra-Simca-Bagheera Since its introduction in 1973, a total of 47.802 units of the Matra-Simca-Bagheera have been built. The last year (1980) was called the 'baby Lamborghini Uracco' Talbot-Matra-Bagheera. There are several Read more

  • Matra Vignale to Matra museum
    in The museum

    We wouldn't have gotten the idea if Andre Kout of Kout Automobiles hadn't told us that he had sold a car to the Matra Museum. The Matra Vignale that travels from Wieringerwaard to the Musée Matra – Tél. : 02 54 94 55 58 | Ville de Romorantin-Lanthenay Read more