French company Matra is one of the most attractive automotive design and development outfits. For decades, this firm has delivered innovative solutions and new technologies. In fact, they work with some of the biggest names in the industry. In the early ’70s, in cooperation with Simca, Matra decided to produce a small sports car for the European market. They called it the Bagheera and introduced this cool-looking three-seater in 1973 (via Hagerty).
Yes, the Bagheera had three seats up front. So even though it was compact and small, three people could sit comfortably next to each other. Unfortunately, the power came from a diminutive 1.2 or 1.4-liter engine that didn’t provide an exhilarating performance. However, the Bagheera was a moderate success with three seats and its French charm.