Thursday, November 4, 2010

1979 Matra Bagheera With an N2O Setup

I really like these cars. Like most French cars, the Bagheera is comfortable and handles very well. Also like most French cars, it's somewhat underpowered in stock form. The seller of this one took care of that problem... He added a nitrous kit.

I have to admit that I'm not real familiar with the different nitrous kits that are available, but the one this person used is a "NOS brand nitrous oxide injection system designed for smaller displacement and rotary engines". That's good, as I've heard some horror stories about engines blowing up after being fed too much N2O.

With the the N2O setup, the 1442cc engine puts out around 145 HP. That's a lot of horsepower for a sub-2000lb car.

The rest of the car appears to be in good condition. The 3 front bucket seats look to be in good shape and the body shows no damage.

The seller puts a lot of Bagheera history (and periods.....) in his eBay listing and it's interesting to read.

If I had some extra cash and extra storage space, this is a car I'd be bidding on.

Located in Staunton, VA, click here to see the eBay listing.


m4ff3w said...

Oh dear God, how I lust for a Bagheera or Murena.

Sean said...

Very nice car. I enjoy your blog.

I am very sceptical of the mileage and the seller's claims to have put only 1000 miles on it in 7+ years. Changing a clutch repainting it and installing NOS along the way. Who installs NOS and doesn't drive the car? Could this be what happened to the clutch. That little engine is just a stock Simca.

A note from wikipedia:
Very few Bagheera's remain in existence today, as they were suffering badly from quality issues (the Bagheera won the ADAC Silberne Zitrone = "Silver Lemon" award in 1975 for the poorest quality car of that moment) and extensive body rot. Though the polyester panels couldn't rust, the underlying steel chassis had almost no protection.[5] Matra learned from this and fully galvanized the Bagheera's successor, Matra Murena.

Jon said...

The perfect car for the guy who is dating siamese twins.