Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: ’77-’84 Matra Rancho – Early CUV In The Open?

Here’s a rare sighting, captured in motion by Guillaume Vauchey at the Cohort. A bit camera shy I may add, as we only get to see its rear quarters. Still, Matras don’t appear often, not even at the Cohort, so we’ll give it a moment to shine here at CC.

The creative minds at Matra had in all their quirkiness a knack to anticipate future trends, and the Rancho is good example of that. Regardless of appearance, the Rancho came only in FWD, carrying a meager 80HP Simca 1.4 engine, and looking quite trendy in its Range Rover-like body. A RAV4 / CRV twenty years early? There was a bit of debate on the matter the one time it appeared at CC. It’s been a while since then, so don’t expect to see another again soon. But who knows? Maybe the CC effect will play in our favor?

Automotive History Capsule: 1977 Matra Rancho – The World’s First CUV