Located in Matra’s home production town of Romorantin, in the Loir-et-Cher region of central-France, late last week much of the Musee Espace Automobiles Matra – to give it its full title – was submerged under water, damaging a number of the special vehicle exhibits and supporting displays.
To limit the damage , the Museum's director, Dany Chamfrault, was assisted by employees and local volunteers, working throughout the day and night, to help raise the display cars up on blocks. A water pump was also installed to remove as much of the flood water as possible from the Museum site
Unfortunately, after the intial wave of flooding, the following morning the situation worsened, with some non-exhibiton cars, stored down in the Museum’s basement, swimming in 1.20 m of dirty water. Sadly, a number of prestine examples of the already rare Matra Bagheera, Rancho and Murena models were severly damaged, along with one-off Marra prototypes, including the unique 1998 Renault Espace 3 Spider concept cabriolet, designed and built by Franco Sbarro in Switzerland.