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    Old French cars

    I was at a tiny local car show this weekend, and got some pics of some very interesting cars. I'll have to send them to Bravada.

    Here's a Matra 530A. I just love this car, though I've never seen one in my life and suspect I never will again. It's rear-engined, BTW. The info on the windshield says it's a 1969 with a 1.7L inline-4 in mid-engine position, with 95 hp (not sure if that's the same as US or not), and that it weighs 860 kg and goes 200 km/h., and that it has a 4-speed (inversed?) gearbox:









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    Re: Matra 530A

    Here's another rare bird. It's a 1968 Simca 4CV. The owner was really nice and let me climb inside. He told me all about it... he found it in a garage and plans to restore it. It's in quite good shape. It has its engine in the rear. He said Simca was bought out (I forget by whom), and this company was then bought out by Chrysler eventually. I thought he wanted to sell it to me, but alas, no:













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    This little car caught my eye too... A Renault 15. No idea what year, but it's clearly late 70's / early 80's. Not really pretty, though I really like the rear window / trunklid / rear fender design.







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    I still see lots of these Renault 4s around, usually as work vehicles. I don't have details... but they clearly made it for a long time, as this one ahd an ancinet interior and another one next to it had a much more modern (early 80's) interior. This one was for sale. Should have taken the number... though it was pretty rough:





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    I've always liked French cars..

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    Re: Old French cars

    This is probably my favourite old French car: the Peugeot 504 convertible. Again, not sure what year this one is, but it was really stunning and in fantastic shape. I see these from time to time, and would love to own one someday:







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    Re: Old French cars

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488
    This is probably my favourite old French car: the Peugeot 504 convertible. Again, not sure what year this one is, but it was really stunning and in fantastic shape. I see these from time to time, and would love to own one someday:
    See? Leave it to the Italians to make a nice looking French car!

    That old Matra looks like a rebodied Renault Alpine A110.

    Simca bought out Ford of France in the 50's, then Simca was bought by Chrysler in the 60's, Chrysler bought out Rootes Group in the UK and tried to merge them in the mid/late 1970's, Chrysler hit hard times, and the French government coerced Peugeot Societe Anonyme to "take" the whole Chrysler Europe operation for free (well they did take on CE's debts and assets). Iacocca was happy to be rid of it.

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    Wow a Cinq with selective-yellow headlamps and mags!

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    Re: Old French cars

    Wow, that Matra, Renault 15, and the car next to the 504 (looks like either a Goddess or Traction Avant) all look orgasmic!
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    Oh yeah definately a DS (you could say the DS is "traction avant" but it's way more advanced than a Traction Avant)... you know you must be in France when a DS doesn't even merit mention about funky old cars...
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    Re: Old French cars

    Also this:



    http://www.supercars.net/Pics?viewPi...rue&first=true

    They say it's a "1937 Matra M530 Sonia Delaunay" but there is no way this car is from 1937. Maybe 1967.

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    Kinda looks like the unhappy offspring of an E-type and a Fiat X1/9. I used to want a Matra Bagheera with the 3-abreast seats though.

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    Re: Old French cars

    R4s were made from the early 1960s to, if I recall correctly, well into the 1990s. (And R15 is more like early 70s, not 1980s...)

    Still, the R4 doesn't beat the 2CV's lifespan -- BTW, are you seeing some of these around, and do you like them? (Last time I was there, a few years ago, there were still many on the roads). You could probably pick up one of these living pieces of French car history for a reasonable price (if you're going to stay there long enough for that)...

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    That Matra looks awesome!

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