Ma­tra rar­i­ties saved

Flood-dam­aged pro­to­types will go back on show

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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