Matra rarities saved
Flood-damaged prototypes will go back on show
Damaged prototypes at the Matra car museum in central France, previously thought to have been written off when they were left in flood water, are to be restored. ❚
The Espace Automobiles Matra museum has reopened to the public on 16 June after being closed since April. Currently, visitor numbers are down significantly on previous years, and it’s among hundreds of businesses hit by flooding in the Loir-et-Cher region.
The lower floor was flooded under four feet of water at the height of the floods. Despite the best efforts of staff and volunteers to save them, several of the cars in this lower level were badly damaged. The museum was forced to close while the vehicles located in the basement were drained of water and carefully dried once the water subsided.
The lower level remains closed to the public while repairs are carried out, and
CCW understands that no date has yet been set for its reopening.
The good news is the upper floor of the museum, which hosts a large selection of Matra’s most famous road and racing cars, is unaffected. Also, the 10 plaster and wood prototypes damaged by the flood have been assessed as repairable and will be returned to display status.
Matra officials are hopeful that museum visitor numbers will rally once the lower level opens again.