They’re all just so pretty... And that’s before we start talking about the incredible V12. Here, have a small photodump. I’ll be in my bunk.

You might notice that this MS 650 has additional headlights, and a number plate. That’s because it competed in (and won) the Tour de France road race. Ah, the times when you could take a Le Mans prototype, stick number plates on it and rally it...

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The Le Mans version of the 650:

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The more succesful 670.

Very cool shot by the magazine Paris Match, with the late Beltoise andFrançoi Cevert, who ended up being his BIL, after Beltoise married Cevert’s sister.

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My favorite sounding engine of all time:

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A 670C. See how aerodynamics progressed in only a couple of years: louvers in the front wings, front splitter and larger rear wing:

BONUS ROUND: This magnificent thing that I just found out about. This is the MS 09, effectively the first Matra ever entered in F1. It just looks so mean!

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Most image come from v12matras.com. I spent way too much time there today.