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  • A beautiful and highly original 530LX
  • An innovative mid-engined fibreglass four-seater
  • A light and agile sports car with a 1.7-litre Ford V4 engine
  • Very rare in this condition
  • Presents itself very well inside and out
  • Only two owners

The Appeal

France is the home of breaking every rule in motoring, of innovative and revolutionary technological leaps. But even in this context, the Matra 530 is an astonishing car.

It defied every rule, visually and in terms of engineering. It is a small four-seater sports car with a mid-engine, a removable Targa roof and a totally unconventional style.

The 530 has an important place in Matra's history because it was the first car completely designed and built by the car manufacturer. Its name, also unusual, is that of a rocket produced by the company's defence branch.

The LX version arrived in March 1970 with a slight restyling by Michelotti, including a tailgate. A total of 4,731 were built, but surviving examples today are exceptionally rare.

This is an extremely original and well-presented 530LX with a Ford V4 engine and low mileage. It has only had two owners since new and was last serviced in 2020. It has been little used since 1986, so may require some light tuning by the buyer.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered on 2 October 1972 in Sicily
  • Remained with its first owner until 2020, when the seller acquired it
  • Serviced by the seller when he acquired it in 2020
  • We are told it has never been involved in an accident
  • Used regularly until 1986 when the last overhaul expired
  • Last overhaul dated 13 November 1984
  • LX model with restyling by Michelotti
  • The LX was sold between March 1970 and February 1973, so this is one of the last ones built
  • Car always registered in Italy
  • Original registration papers dated 2 October 1972 in Trapani
  • Owner's manuals in various levels of preservation
  • Old invoices and receipts included
  • Coupon stickers visible on centre pillar of car
  • Currently not registered with ASI
  • Does not have a valid Revision Certificate

The Condition

  • Exhibits the unmistakable style of the 530LX with details such as the flat nose and pop-up headlights
  • Visibly well maintained, with yellow fibreglass bodywork in good condition
  • Well-maintained bodywork with some light scratches and marks shown in the photographs
  • Very original car, including the steel wheels which show slight signs of oxidation
  • Tyres are quite old but appear to be in good condition with good tread
  • Well maintained underbody with no problems to report
  • Versatile 2+2 with small rear seat
  • Removable targa roof
  • Exterior chrome is bright and complete, undamaged but original with slight signs of wear
  • Original interior with many interesting details, including Veglia dials and Matra 2-spoke steering wheel
  • Headlining looks original and well maintained with only a few light marks
  • Elegant wood-effect dashboard in good condition
  • Matra two-spoke steering wheel

The Mechanics

  • Ford V4 engine of 1,699 cc with 68 hp from the Taunus
  • 4-speed manual gearbox also from Taunus
  • Mid-engined configuration with rear-wheel drive
  • Low weight and good weight distribution provide excellent road holding
  • Little used since last overhaul in 1986
  • Serviced in 2020 when the seller bought the car

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Matra
  • Model 530
  • Colour Yellow
  • Odometer 90,439 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1699
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Sicily
  • Location International
  • Country Italy

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