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    Default Matra 530 in a Field of Wheat !!!

    All sorts of weird finds. This Matra has been found in a Field of Wheat/Barley near Margret River in WA.

    It cannot be seen from the road and needs the "Hippie" type owner of the field to open the gates to maybe look at it, and I am told you will need to do a lot of persuading to try and buy it.

    The Matra was converted to RHD before being brought to Australia in the early '80s, it was driven for about 6 years here, and then disappeared off the scene, until these pictures were taken at the beginning of the year. Condition of the car is not know, but anything is rebuildable.

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    I have been given the story, second hand. But can put you in touch with people who have seen the car, and can introduce you to the current "owner".

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    Rosa Brook Rd Ray?
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    That's not wheat - nor any other sown crop - which is lucky, because many farmers burn the stubble after harvest

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    These cars are not really in demand. It is easy for me to say this and break it down, but that is not the idea. In Wikipedia, they say the 1700cc V4 was chosen to get the 4 seat version. I have spoken to another Matra owner and both of us thinks that Matra was in a pinch when Renault stopped the support and the Ford motor was the only one available in a hurry. The older Renault powered Jet had more kW than this one had Hp. That German Ford V4 was renowned for being a slug, 70hp and later upgraded to 75hp. Imagine a top end of 95mph and 0-60 in 16 seconds.

    Why would you choose the Ford for one model and then go Simca for the next?

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    The sweedes actually made good results with the Ford V4 in the SAAB 96.
    I sold some instruments to a owner of one of those strange matras some time ago and he had given it the SAAB rallye threatment witch gave about 140bhp.

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    For how it might end up looking, see the link in the M530 thread in Froggy Chat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    All sorts of weird finds. This Matra has been found in a Field of Wheat/Barley near Margret River in WA.

    It cannot be seen from the road and needs the "Hippie" type owner of the field to open the gates to maybe look at it, and I am told you will need to do a lot of persuading to try and buy it.

    The Matra was converted to RHD before being brought to Australia in the early '80s, it was driven for about 6 years here, and then disappeared off the scene, until these pictures were taken at the beginning of the year. Condition of the car is not know, but anything is rebuildable.

    I have been given the story, second hand. But can put you in touch with people who have seen the car, and can introduce you to the current "owner".

    Ray

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    Hi Ray,

    As the representative the Simca Car Club Australia in WA which covers the Matra cars covers, we would like to follow up on this car with the view of rescuing from the elements. Can you send me a PM with a precise location and a cont if possible.

    Regards

    THE SIMCA MAN

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    Quote Originally Posted by panhard View Post
    Hi Ray,

    As the representative the Simca Car Club Australia in WA which covers the Matra cars covers, we would like to follow up on this car with the view of rescuing from the elements. Can you send me a PM with a precise location and a cont if possible.

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    THE SIMCA MAN
    Nice looking car, would be nice to hear that it has been rescued by someone that will do their best to get it back on the road or at the very least get another one restored from the useable parts.

    As one that many years ago spent quite a bit of time talking to farmers about bits of old cars they had on their property, many are very cautious about parting with something that they might later regret when they see a write up about how cheaply the bought a bargain by ripping off the farmer. Needs to be a very diplomatic approach with just enough monetary reward or better still lots of conversation as to something the farmer sees to his value and needs.

    Good Luck with that I hope you succeed.

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    Hi Ray,

    Any luck with a contact and location for the Matra. Keen to follow this up as our Simca Club needs to grow.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by panhard View Post
    Hi Ray,

    Any luck with a contact and location for the Matra. Keen to follow this up as our Simca Club needs to grow.

    Cheers

    JP SIMCA MAN
    ???

    I can imagine a Simca club being interested in a Bagheera or a Murena but a Ford Taunus engined M530?

    Still, I wish you well & hope that it's saved.

    cheers! Peter

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