Matra Bagheera 1976 – 1980 Reserved Parking Fridge Magnet
Matra Bagheera 1976 – 1980 Aluminum Parking Fridge Magnet
In December 1969 Matra and Simca entered into an agreement that rebranded Matra's racing cars and give Matra access to the Simca dealer. The first joint project was development of a replacement for the Matra 530, which had not reached its sales volumes. Work on the new car began in 1970 and development was led by Matra's head of engineering. The major components were sourced from the Chrysler-Simca parts inventory. The new Matra was to be a mid-engined with more than just two seats. The 2+2 arrangement rear seats were too small to be really useful, so a three front seats solution was adopted. Prototypes were built and used for road-testing in environments ranging from Saharan Mauritania to Lapland. Development was complete by the end of 1972. The car took its name from the character in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The Bagheera was unveiled to the press on April1973. The public release of the car took place at the 1973 24 Heures du Mans. The initial shape of the car was drawn by Jean Toprieux and later refined by Jacques Nochet. The body's shape was that of a sleek hatchback with hidden headlights. The rear hatch opened to access the engine mounted behind the passenger compartment and a rear luggage space. The unusual three-abreast seating was implemented as a 2+1 arrangement. The driver had a regular seat while on the passenger side was a single two-place bench with two individual seatbacks inspired by a lounge chair found in a Paris shop. Seen in plan view it is apparent that the body sides are slightly convex to accommodate the seating. The 19 panels that made up the Bagheera's body were made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester, which were then attached to the chassis. The Bagheera won the 1973 Style Auto Award, beating out competition that included the Lancia Stratos, Lancia Beta coupé and Ferrari Dino 308 GT4. The Bagheera was also very aerodynamic, with a very low drag coefficient of 0.33.This rose slightly to 0.35 after a mid-life redesign.
Perfect for all car enthusiasts that want to show their passion for their Matra Bagheera 1976 – 1980. Make room on the fridge and make it clear: Your Matra Bagheera 1976 – 1980 deserves a reserved parking spot in the middle of the other magnets. The magnet is 2” x 3” (77 x 51 mm) and is quality made of .045” Aluminum that will not fade or break. It has rounded corner and a 1/2 inch square magnet in the back. Stick it to anything you'll like, on your fridge, workbench, toolbox, or man cave board. The colors are brights, vibrants and contrast beautifully. For any car guy, this is the ideal gift to add style and show their pride, even in the middle of the kitchen.
Available in: One color style only
- Made of 0.045” (1.14 mm) Durable Aluminum Material
- Size 3" x 2" (76.2 mm x 50.8 mm)
- Water-resistant & easy to clean
- 1” backer magnet for adhesion
This product is made in the USA
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