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French Friday: Le Membre d'or d'André Courrèges

A bit late for the French Friday party but no worries, I didn’t forget! I’ve shown a few Matras before, even a 1st gen Bagheera. But in the second year of production the Bagheera Courrèges was introduced. Named after André Courrèges.

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And André was a fashion designer, known for his love for miniskirts and the use of one color in particular: White.

So no wonder this particular Bagheera ended up being just that (non-) color. It didn’t just end there though. It’s interior and dash were trimmed in imitation... Gold!

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So you all get out Spandau Ballet’s album True out and enjoy that great 4th song on it.

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Mechanically though it was totally identical to the Mark I Bagheera, it was just trim that differed. Apart from the colour it was distinguished by custom exterior badging and custom interior trim.

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That Courrèges badging is on the front fenders and although I’m all for white cars (I have a white 1:1 for a reason) I actually am not that hot for a white Bagheera. Just give me a more ‘70's/early ‘80's entirely golden one.

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The Courrèges model is a Norev in 1/43. And while more expensive than the golden AutoPlus one I don’t really see why it should cost you more.

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Wheels on that one are better, paint doesn’t look as thick and the AutoPlus has wipers which the Courrèges apparently doesn’t need.

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So and that’ll be all for today. Been too busy lately getting the Be-1 registered so I’m excused to do a shorter post than my regular posts. I think.

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Bon Week-End!

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