Thursday, September 7, 2017

An Unpronounceable Truth: 1978 Matra-Simca Bagheera

Before I introduce this next car, allow me to list all of things that are undeniable more reliable: any 1977 Maserati Khamsin, all Saabs ever produced, Volkswagen coil packs, sealing headgaskets with black pepper, Charlie Sheen, Homeless Man Daycare Services LLC.  With no further ado...find this 1978 Matra-Simca Bagheera here on eBay offered for $17,777 buy-it-now located in Miami, FL.

From the seller:

Stock:2325623VIN:X35508X457594Year:1978Exterior Color:RedMake:Matra-SimcaInterior Color:Black/RedModel:BagheeraMileage:27885Engine:Inline-4Transmission:4-Speed Manual
Vehicle Description:

So few of this car ever made, and to be in this shape?!  I have not seen another one in ages!

Interior was completely reupholstered top to bottom!

Look at those lines! 

A pleasure to drive, feels like a go kart! 

Very clean in and out, runs nice and smooth.

Panels exhibit uniform gaps, DIAMOND sharp lines, straight lines and no noticeable rust is present.

Clean Florida Title.

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  1. $17,000.00 will buy a lot more car than that!

  2. I could see this in a museum. Or, in a great garage.

    As long as it was sitting, and not actually moving.

    It's a beautiful, rare beast. Ogle-worthy.

    People could sit in it, and make "vroom vroom" noises.

    I've had cars like this: For looking at, and not driving.

    Heck, I've got one now. I still love it.

    -Stan (who doesn't always drive his favorite cars. Sometimes, I just sit and look at 'em...)

  3. What? Is that the little peoples version of a Maserati?

  4. You really missed the listing without this picture:

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    1. Derp -

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    2. Agreed.

      When I see this photo, all my teenage fantasies of having that cute girl with the short skirt in science class sit in the middle front seat (as I shift into fourth gear) come flooding back...

      I shall refrain from posting an inappropriately appropriate video...

      -Stan (who is still thinking about that girl in the short skirt, after all these years...)

    3. the tech that used to show the actual video in place of a video link in a posted comment has been fubar for a while, so it will just show as a link - i'm sure i speak for absolutely no one around here when i say: i wonder if anonymous might know what link Stan had in mind?

  5. odd coincidence, just as this Bagheera was posted, i was reading an article about the Renault Avantime, body by Matra - a concept-car made real, only produced for two years and such a sales disaster it actually brought Matra down, ending the company - ironically, the Avantime has had a resurgence of interest in the last year, popping up on lists of cheap future classics to buy now, prices rising sharply at auction, all that

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    1. Thanks, kaibeezy. I'd never seen this car. Some really interesting design elements. And such low production, you're pretty much guaranteed not to see another at your local Cars n Coffee.

      A pretty decent RHD model for sale in Barnsley, England right now, for about $3,000 US:

      RHD Renault Avantime

      -Stan (who has really enjoyed reading about the specially engineered double-hinged door, the back seat with no leg room (but great visibility) and the slide-back top that makes this quasi-minivan w/only 4 seats feel like a convertible).

  6. You don't see 3+0 seating often. Kinda looks like the front of a Sonnet and the rear of an Alfa GTV6.

    1. Yeah, I would like to see three Russian Olympic weight lifters cruising in this


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