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Title: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Bagheera Lars on February 19, 2008, 04:00:27 pm
Hi
Last Friday a little red beauty arrived at my home, after a 1700 km. trip from the south of France. Its a 1972 M 530 LX, with 88.600 km. on the road. Now I just need get it thrue the danish tax-system, get some plates on, and get it on the road. I am looking forward to see what this funny little car has to offer to an old conservative Bagheera-driver ;D


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Anders Dinsen on February 19, 2008, 04:23:36 pm
Excellent, Lars. Congratulations! I certainly remember your smile after you tried the 530 yourself in September at the Matra meeting :) so I guess this was anticipated... ;)

Well done on the 1700 km trip! Where in France did you find her? What's the story of it? It looks like it's in excellent condition.

Good luck with the taxation!

- Anders


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Matra_Hans on February 19, 2008, 05:04:54 pm
I am not at all jaloux
But congratulation anyway.

Hans


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Bagheera Lars on February 19, 2008, 05:34:33 pm
Thank you to both of you.
First of all. the 1700 km. was in the back of a transport-vehicle. I wouldnt dare to take it on such a long trip so soon. I found the car on ebay.fr, It was located ca. 400 km south of Paris in a small village called Caunay. Mechanically it is in a very good condition. I have not found any signs of rust, It runs, and everything seems to work ( the brakes needs some attention, It have not been driven for about 11/2 year). The Interior is also very nice and original. But.... pictures are forgiving... It was resprayed a couple of years ago, and the paintjob is not the best I have seen. The cromebumbers would also benefit from a recrome. But thats just small cosmetics. Generally it is great, and I cant wait to take her out :D

Yes Anders... After the trip in Andreas last year, I was sold, so I have been looking out for one ever since. But the Prices on perfect exambles are pretty high, so I was waiting for a fair running examble, and I think I have found it in this one.

And Hans.... I know you are jaloux. You just cant wait to get a testdrive ;D


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Matra_Hans on February 19, 2008, 05:56:32 pm
Actually I would prefer the XS model because of its weird headlight arrangement.

Hans


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Bagheera Lars on February 19, 2008, 07:30:01 pm
I agree with you about the headlights. The pop-up lights on the LX, makes it look sad. The four bolt-on Lights on the SX, gives it a kind of Rally-look, I like that. The LX has the Targa-roof, and that is one thing that I find very attractive.

Lars.


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Anders Dinsen on February 20, 2008, 11:25:49 am
I'm really looking forward to seeing your car, Lars.
Good you had it in a trailer.

About the sad look: I think it must be blushing-  in red.

The 530 must have been quite avantgarde in its time - very french. I remember seeing Lennarts pictures of it first time, and I thought "does this car go forward or backwards?". Of course it goes backwards!



Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Marku on June 18, 2008, 10:51:03 am
Congratulations!  I'm brand new here but your 530 reminds me of a LX I tried to restore quite some years ago, in bright red too.  Rust wasn't an issue and the engine was strong, but I messed things up when I had a local "expert" repair the body panels.  He thought he was doing a good thing by adding some more strength to them, but the result was that they wouldn't flex back into the proper shape and panel fit thereafter was really bad!  I hope someone eventually sorted it out.
Personally I love the LX with it's pop-up lights and targa roof.
Mark


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Bagheera Lars on December 15, 2009, 08:24:02 am
Cristmas holiday coming up!!!. I think its time to get some Matra-work done (squezed in between all the family gatherings)..  ;D I have recently recieved this set of stainless steel-exhaust from Matra-Magic, and now I have just had them polised, so they are ready to replace the old rusty ones....This means that the 530 is now ready for the Danish MOT. Looking forward to get her on the road, but I realy need some better wheater!!...course this one has to go with the top off!!..... ;) 8)

Merry Cristmas

Lars


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Marku on February 17, 2010, 09:37:54 am
Hi Lars,
Just wondered what's the progress.  Is the 530 on the road now?  How are you finding it compared to the Bagheera?  It would be interesting to hear a comparison.  Do you have any more photographs you can share with us?


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Bagheera Lars on February 19, 2010, 04:03:04 pm
Hi Marku
I still need some documents from the danish tax-office, before I can get the 530 street-legal, but besides that, it is ready to come out and play!. The new exhausts have just been installed..WHAT A SOUND!!  :o . The new silencers are "right thrue"....and they do make some noise. I have put on some copies of the original  69 Rally Monte Carlo stickers, to se how it looks......I think I like it, so maybe I will put them on for real. I have recently purchased a set of original Dunlop D1 alloys. They are out to be resprayed at the moment. So I am really looking forward to get it on the road.  :)

Lars


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Marku on February 20, 2010, 08:08:14 am
Wow Lars, it certainly looks to be in fabulous condition - congratulations.  I'm sure the alloys will look great too.  Perhaps you should wait to get those on the car before going firm on the stickers.  I'm jealous!  But I don't think a Matra would last long on the roads of Nepal!


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: michaltalbot on February 25, 2010, 11:29:19 am
Lars: Georgeous! Thumbs up.


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: simonmenz on April 05, 2010, 08:44:13 pm
Also a nice car! And denmark, i always wanted to visit denmark one time but couldnt unfortunatelly. The trip were too expensive.
Greetings!


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Manik on May 11, 2010, 07:20:51 am
Hej Lars.
Have you got your red beauty on the road? Im very interesting in hearing what the danish MOT asked of you. Im searching for a Matra 530  ;)
Manik


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Bagheera Lars on May 11, 2010, 09:02:31 pm
Hi Manik
Checking my mailbox at least 5 times aday, in hope for an answer to the exact same question. All the paperwork is in order. Last monday the car passed the Danish MOT without any remarks, so the car is so much ready now, to get on the road. Ive been promised an answer on the taxquestion within the next week, and then we are ready to race!!...  8) . I hope it turnes out positive with the nice 530 you have in mind. Looking forward to see it in Denmark.  :)

Lars


Title: Re: M 530 LX in Denmark
Post by: Bagheera Lars on June 16, 2010, 10:15:13 am
Finally it happened. The taxes are paid, and the car is on the road in Denmark.  ;D Last sunday I took it to a big classic car meeting (Gisselfeld), ca. 115 km. from where I live. And apart from a broken throttlecable on the way(which I managed to fix temporary) everything worked great. It is defenately a car that attracts some attention. Now I just hope for a nice warm summer, so I can drive it with the roof off.. 8)

Lars