Though there was a general feeling that the sales of large sized SUV’s would come down after the oil crisis of 1973, but sales of Range Rover were progressing well. So Matra a French firm that was controlled by Chrysler Europe devised a plan to counter that. They decided to make a SUV that would be lighter, looked rugged and offered economy. So the Rancho was born.
Since the same European division of Chrysler also owned the French company Simca, they decided to take the Simca 1100 pick-up (actually the pick-up version of the Dodge 1100) a utility vehicle as the base for their new creation. With a 1450 cc Chrysler's engine this new SUV was unique in many ways.
So in the summer of 1977 the Matra Simca Rancho was born. With fiberglass clad steel frame and having oversized large windows on the sides, passengers had the feeling of sitting inside a wide car (the rear seats were kept 10 centimetres higher). Two prominent spotlights fixed to the wind-screen pillars gave it a macho appeal of an adventurer. An additional smart feature provided was the plastic roof rack that was meant to hide the stepped-up roof.
In 1979, the name was changed to Talbot Matra Rancho after PSA Peugeot Citroen brought the loss making division of Chrysler Europe and tried to revive the brand name of Talbot (also owned by Simca). Over 55,000 of these SUV's were built.
A rare collectible in 1:18.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- 1 of only 1500 pieces made|
|Dimension (in inches)||12 x 7 x 5|