Slot.it plans to offer the Matra MS670B LeMans prototype as a 1/32 RTR during 4th quarter 2013. This will be the first of a series of models replicating the Matra MS670B/C racers run in 1973 and 1974.
The 1974 World Sportscar Championship was a rout for the French Matra team with their V-12 MS670B and MS670C racers winning all of the series rounds except the very first. The Matra team suffered engine failures with both entries at the Monza round but thereafter the cars had great reliability.
Matra's 1974 triumph included the prestigious 24 hours of LeMans endurance competition. Matra scored 140 World Championship points for the 1974 season compared to second place Gulf Mirage who managed only 81.
It is interesting to note that Matra's partner SIMCA was at that time a part of Chrysler Corporation and as such the Matra-Simca MS670 racers sported the Chrysler "Pentastar" on the rear flank. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only instance in modern LeMans history that a Chrysler backed racing car has won the overall victory.
The Slot.it model is expected to be decorated in full "Gitanes" cigarette logos, but they may be camouflaged by removable stickers similar to the other recent offerings from Slot.it where the prototype sported "adult" sponsors.
The sister #7 car driven by H. Pescarolo and G. Larrousse to the overall 1974 LeMans 24 h victory is expected in 1Q 2014 as part of the "LeMans Winners" collection with special packaging.
|Slot.it CA27A - Matra MS670B LeMans 1974|
#8 (DNF) Jaussaud / Wollek / Dolhem
|Slot.it CW14 - Matra MS670C LeMans 1974|
#7 (Winner) Pescarolo / Larrousse
Images provided by Slot.it of Italy.
Prototype models shown, production model appearance may vary.