Rob Hall and Andy Willis - 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

This 1969 Matra 650S made an appearance at several different events this year, including the Silverstone Classic, the Donington Historic Festival and the Goodwood Revival.

Built in 1969, this particular car (chassis 1 of 3) was completed in time for the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours, and driven by Piers Courage and Jean-Pierre Beltoise finished in fourth place (second in class). The fourth place was then repeated at Watkins Glen, before the car returned to Europe to compete at the Paris 1000 km, where it finished first, driven this time by Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo.

Henri Pescarolo competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours no less than 33 times in his career, winning the race 4 times. He went on to set up the racing team Pescarolo Sport that ran for 12 years from 2000 until the start of 2013 when it became insolvent.

Rob Hall and Andy Willis - 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis – 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis - 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis – 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis - 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis – 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis - 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis – 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis - 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype

Rob Hall and Andy Willis – 1969 Matra MS650 Le Mans Prototype