Matra introduced the Bagheera to the
public at the Le Mans 24-hour race in
1973. A three abreast seating
mid-engine coupé. 60 cars were
demonstrated and all were Yellow.
Initially you could have any colour as
long as it was Yellow, Orange or Blue.
The brushed-nylon trim was normally
black with contrasting panels with
brass eyelets. Green lighting in the
instrument panel. 1294cc engine from
the Simca 1100 TI with a small engine
access panel. Inset bumpers front
and back in black. Door windows were
manually operated. Steel wheels were
standard on the series 1-type 1 and
alloy wheels for the series 1-type 2.
Options were, radio, a full-length
fabric sunroof. Model designated
1977. Talbot (Chrysler as it was then) imported Bagheeras into England as
left-hand drive. A number of these were converted to right hand drive. The
conversions were done on demand and the Club has records of 65 from half the
batch of imports, but complete records do not exist, so the number of RHD cars
could be much higher.
1978. Production of the 'Courrèges' was discontinued and replaced by the
Bagheera 'X'. Available in two colours, Silver with Grey trim or Metallic Black with
bright green trim in velour. 1442cc engine as the 'S'. Alloy wheels were standard,
as was a rear window wash/wipe.
1979. A major revision of the interior, a revised dashboard with repositioned
switches, heater controls and a horizontally mounted radio. Three full lap and
diagonal seatbelts are now fitted. Base models are now fitted with a de-tuned
1442cc single carburettor and a lower final drive ratio, model designated X6551.
Limited edition 'Jubilee' introduced with 'S' engine and trim finished as 'X'. Model
designated X6550X. New style seats and trim on all models. All Jubilee models
1980. Only base and 'X' models available designated X6552. Electronic ignition is
standard. New door handles and locks (from the Rancho) with up buttons on the
doors, bumpers are now colour coded as 'X' models. Production of the Bagheera
ceased in April 1980, to be replaced by the Murena.
1975. The 'S' model was introduced using the
1442cc Talbot Alpine/Horizon engine, with a
larger engine access panel. 'S' badges and
Instrument panel now has orange lighting.
Electric windows, and check cloth trim. A
'Courrèges' model was introduced as a limited
edition model, with white leather interior, alloy
wheels, electric windows etc. as standard. Silk
white paint was fully coloured keyed. The base
model continues with the 1294cc engine, but
with Tartan fabric and leather cloth trim. Model
designated X6550 for the 1442cc engine
1976. Series 2 models were introduced, Base,
'S' and "Courrèges'. With a redesigned body,
very similar to the series 1, the panels are not
interchangeable. Wrap around bumpers,
modified rear side windows, larger rear
window and new rear lights. Base model has
1442cc engine, manual windows and Tartan
trim as the late Series 1. Designated X6550. 'S'
and 'Courrèges' are as Series 1, except the
'Courrèges' now has beige leather-cloth trim.
Silk white paint remains.