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Matra 530 (1967 - 1973)

Last updated 24 March 2013

Practical and usable sorts car with agile handling and plenty of room
Rough engine, adequate performance, quirky styling
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The Matra M530 was the first car built by the company that was designed in-house. In 1965 Matra's CEO Jean-Luc Lagardère decided that his company should build its own more road-focused sports car. The Matra 530 was named after the company's R530 missile, designed by former Simca designer Philippe Guédon.

Like its predecessor, the car was built upon a steel frame with polyester body and was mid-engined. To accommodate for both 2+2 accommodation, mid-engine layout and a reasonable boot, the company plumped for the the 1700 cc Ford Taunus V4 engine and gearbox because it was so compact. The M530 also sported a targa top roof, pop-up headlights - and it was clearly ahead of its time.