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Old May 16th, 2015, 07:35 PM
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Anybody heard of a Matra Rancho?

I'm guessing it's a POS. Definitely stole most of the design from Land Rover.

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From Wikipedia: "The Matra Rancho is a leisure activity vehicle created by the French engineering group Matra, in cooperation with the automaker Simca, to capitalize on the off-road trend started by the Range Rover. The Rancho provided an "off-road look" at a lower price."
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Old May 16th, 2015, 07:54 PM
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Looks like a spawn from the unholy mating of a Ford Pinto Spider and a Disco...
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Old May 16th, 2015, 08:04 PM
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Looks like it has Disco 1 tail lights
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Old May 16th, 2015, 08:24 PM
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Matra Simca Rancho: As it was known in England then later the Talbot Rancho
Matra Rancho: Chrysler Europe’s Car-Based SUV

Always had a soft spot for those. But I never saw or heard of a soft sided variant so think thats an aftermarket conversion.
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Old May 16th, 2015, 09:15 PM
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IIRC, they were only 2 wheel drive. Pretty big mistake IMHO. I remember them when they first came out- pretty cool. Most rusted away to nothing.
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Reminds me of Fantasy Island.
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Did they make the Popemobile???
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