Matra-Simca Bagheera, 1973. Designed by Antoine Volanis and named after the panther character from The Jungle Book, Matra’s Bagheera used the transverse drivetrain from a front-drive Simca 1307 placed amidships. The car’s most unusual feature was its three abreast seating configuration with the driver on the left. It remained in production until 1980 when it was rebadged the Talbot-Matra Bagheera after Peugeot’s takeover of Simca. It was replaced by the Talbot-Matra Murena


Audi 5000. The C2 and C3 series Audi 100s were badged as 5000s in the US because they were fitted exclusively with 5 cylinder engines (in Europe and elsewhere they used 4 and 5 cylinders). During model years 1983–1987, Audi’s U.S. sales fell after a series of recalls of Audi 5000 models associated with reported incidents of sudden unintended acceleration linked to six deaths and 700 accidents. The 5000 was rebadged as the Audi 100 and 200 in 1989 in line with European naming conventions

really depressing to see what lancia is making now, they basically make a 500 rebadge, a chrysler 300c with a lancia badge, a chrysler grand voyager (town and country) with a lancia badge, and a fiat bravo with a lancia badge, no sporty models, nothing exciting, just plain shit