French racing greats appear in Luxembourg

| 15 Dec 2014

A number of historic French racing cars were displayed in Luxembourg for the Grand Duchy's 17th International Motor Show, which took place from 12-14 December.

More than 25,000 visitors turned out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Matra, with the company's Romorantin-based museum temporarily transported to the LuxExpo Kirchberg show halls for the duration of the event.

Matra MS670

A number of Matra's most successful racing cars were put on display, including the 1972 Le Mans-winning MS670. The famous car was shown alongside a 1967 MS630 and a 1965 MS610, known as the Coupe Napoleon.

Matra MS80

Also drawing a great deal of attention was the 1969 MS80 in which Jackie Stewart secured five GP victories and the first of his three Formula 1 World Drivers' Championships.

530 Vignale

There was much to see beyond the competition cars, with a 530 Vignale proving particularly popular. The car was also on loan from the museum and, being of Italian design, was finished in Turin red rather than Matra blue. 

Hispano-Suiza H6B Torpedo

Leading Lithuanian collector Saulius Karosas made the journey to Luxembourg with a selection of his pre-war treasures. The group was headed by an impressive 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B Torpedo, which is powered by a 6.5-litre, six-cylinder engine.

Arturo Merzario

Formula 1 veteran Arturo Merzario was on hand to share stories from his racing days, as well as signing autographs for local fans.