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Matra D'Jet6 -1967

Matra D'Jet6 -1967

 

In 1963, Engins Matra, a large airplane and armaments company, took over the assets of a small sports car company run by René Bonnet. Bonnet was at the forefront of French motor racing, and was unfortunately much better at building cars than running a business.

 

Matra Murena- 1983

Matra Murena- 1983

By 1980, the Bagheera had been replaced by Project M551, or the Murena. It was designed by Greek stylist Antonis Volanis, who also worked on both the M530 and the Bagheera.

Matra Simca Bagheera S Coupè- 1975

Matra Simca Bagheera S Coupè- 1975

In 1969, Matrasports was taken over by Simca which became fully Chrysler-owned in 1970. The Bagheera was introduced in 1973.

Matra Sports M530 LX- 1970

Matra Sports M530 LX- 1970

Matra’s 530 was the first all-Matra road car design, carrying over the mid-engine architecture of its predecessor, the Jet (neé D’jet) series. The polarizing design was led by Philippe Guédon (later, best known for the Renault Espace) and styling was by a Simca stylist on loan, Jacques Nocher.

McQuay-Norris Streamliner- 1934

McQuay-Norris Streamliner- 1934

This vehicle was created as a promotional vehicle for the McQuay-Norris Company of St. Louis, Missouri, which manufactured replacement pistons, rings, bearings, and other parts used to rebuild an engines.

Mercedes-Benz 130H- 1935

Mercedes-Benz 130H- 1935

One of the most famous names in automotive history, Daimler-Benz (“Mercedes” was only a Benz model name in 1901; the company became known as Mercedes-Benz in 1926) can trace its roots back to 1889 and the first motorcar, Karl Benz’s PatentMotorwagen.

Mercedes-Benz 280S- 1969

Mercedes-Benz 280S- 1969

In August 1965 the new W 108 body/chassis platform was unveiled to replace the 220 and 300 “Fintail” sedans. The Mercedes-Benz 280S seen here displays all of the comfort and spaciousness the S-class 4-door Luxury Sedan bodies had to offer.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog- 1962

Mercedes-Benz Unimog- 1962

One of the oldest and most famous names in automobile history is Mercedes. The company began building cars in 1901. Daimler-Benz factories suffered greatly during World War II, but their recovery after the war was dramatic.

  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Mercedes Benz
Messerschmitt KR200- 1957

Messerschmitt KR200- 1957

The Messerschmitt was one of the first and among the most successful of the many microcars that hit the motoring scene in the 1950s. Although it bears the name of the famous aircraft builder–Willy Messerschmitt–he had little to do with the car’s design. 

  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Regesburger Stahl-v. Maschinenbau GmbH
MG B GT- 1967

MG B GT- 1967

The MG B proved even more successful than its predecessor the MG A. In 1965 came a coupé version–the MG B GT, which had an attractive and functional closed version of the standard body.

  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
  • MG Car Co. Ltd.
MG F-2001

MG F-2001

The idea of an all-new MG sports car to replace the MG B was kicking around the halls of the Austin Rover Group as far back as 1985.

MG M type-1932

MG M type-1932

The M Type shown here was MG’s first high volume sports car. Simple and fairly reliable, the M Type offered reasonable performance at a very low price.

MG Metro 6R4- 1985

MG Metro 6R4- 1985

This Group B rally car was designed and built under contract by Williams Grand Prix (Formula 1) Engineering. Unlike other top rally cars at the time, it was naturally aspirated rather than turbocharged.

 

MG Midget Race Car- 1970

MG Midget Race Car- 1970

The MG Midget is essentially the same car as the Austin Healey Sprite. This Midget has been modified for racing by bhp developments and was raced by Jeff Lane in S.C.C.A. 

  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
  • MG Car Co. Ltd.
MG TC Midget Roadster- 1949

MG TC Midget Roadster- 1949

In 1936, the MG (which stands for Morris Garages) Car Company began production of the T-series. The MGTA Midget and the MGTB were produced pre-WWII. After the war, MG was back in production quicker than most British companies. 

  • Country of Origin: Great Britain
  • MG Car Co. Ltd.
MG TC Midget- 1948

MG TC Midget- 1948

The MG TC hit the market immediately after the war, following on the success of the pre-war MG TA and TB. While the cycle-fendered example seen here differs outwardly from a standard MG TC, it also has a hidden surprise – under the hood lies a period hot-rod engine, complete with a Coventry-built Shorrock supercharger.

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