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Matra-Simca MS630
CategoryGroup 5 Prototype
Designer(s)Bernard Boyer
SuccessorMS640 / MS650
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisGlass-fibre reinforced plastic panels.
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, coil springs over dampers.
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, coil springs over dampers.
Axle trackFront: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Rear: 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Wheelbase2,440 mm (96.1 in)
Engine1967: BRM, 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in), NA, V8, Longitudinal, mid-mounted.
1968-1969: Matra, 2,999 cc (183.0 cu in), NA, 60º V12, Longitudinal, mid-mounted.
TransmissionMatra 5-speed Manual.
Competition history
Notable entrantsEquipe Matra Sports
Equipe Matra - Elf
Notable driversFrance Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
France Henri Pescarolo
France Jean Guichet
United Kingdom Robin Widdows
Switzerland Herbert Müller
Debut1967 24 Hours of Le Mans
Teams' Championships0
Constructors' Championships0

The Matra-Simca MS630 was a Group 5 prototype race car introduced in 1967 for the World Championship for Makes. The MS630 replaced the previous Matra MS620.[2] The car was initially designated as the Matra MS630, but when Simca sponsored Matra in 1969, it was renamed as the Matra-Simca MS630.

Racing History


For 1967, Matra decided to use a 1.9-litre version of the BRM Formula One V8 engine. (capable of producing 245 hp (183 kW; 248 PS) at 9,000 RPM.) Matra planned to have Johnny Servoz-Gavin/Jean-Pierre Jaussaud to drive the MS630 at both the 1967 1000 km of Spa and 1967 1000km of Nürburgring but the entries for both races were withdrawn. The MS630 only made one appearance in 1967, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Matra entered two cars for Servoz-Gavin/Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Jaussaud/Henri Pescarolo. Servoz-Gavin/Beltoise retired with a broken oil pipe and Jaussaud/Pescarolo also retired with broken suspension.

In the World Championship for Makes, Matra scored no points during the year.


For 1968, Matra decided to use their 3.0 60º V12. The MS630 only made one appearance in 1968, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Matra entered one car for Servoz-Gavin/Pescarolo but it retired with an accident caused by a puncture.

In the World Championship for Makes, Matra scored no points during the year for the second consecutive season.


The first race of the season was the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona with Servoz-Gavin/Pescarolo but the car did not start the race due to a practice accident. The team skipped the 12 Hours of Sebring and BOAC 500. Matra entered the 1000 km of Monza with Servoz-Gavin/Jean Guichet but retired from the race with a fuel feed issue. The team skipped the 1969 Targa Florio. Matra planned to have Servoz-Gavin/Beltoise and Guichet ( who was scheduled to drive single handed) at the 1969 1000 km of Spa but the entry for the race was withdrawn and skipped the 1969 1000 km of Nürburgring. Matra entered four cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Jean-Pierre Beltoise/Piers Courage in the new Matra-Simca MS650, Jean Guichet/Nino Vaccarella in the MS630, Nanni Galli/Robin Widdows and Johnny Servoz-Gavin/Herbert Müller were both in the updated Matra-Simca MS630/650 (A MS630 car with the parts from the MS650). Beltoise/Courage finished fourth followed by Guichet/Vaccarella in fifth, Galli/Widdows seventh and Servoz-Gavin/Müller retired when an electrical short circuit failed. For the Watkins Glen 6 Hours, Matra entered two cars for Servoz-Gavin/Pedro Rodriguez in the MS650 and Guichet/Widdows in the MS630/650. Servoz-Gavin/Rodriguez finished fourth and Guichet/Widdows retired with a broken clutch. The MS630 was retired before the 1000km of Zeltweg.

In the World Championship for Makes, Matra scored six points, earning it seventh in the championship. All points were scored by the MS650.

Complete World Championship for Makes results

Year Entrant Class Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points WEMCP
1967 Equipe Matra Sports Group 5 DAY SEB MNZ SPA TFO NÜR LMS BHC 0 -
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 29
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 29
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud 43
France Henri Pescarolo 43
1968 Equipe Matra Sports Group 5 DAY SEB BHC MNZ TFO SPA NÜR WGN ZEL LMS 0 -
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin 19
France Henri Pescarolo 19
1969 Equipe Matra - Elf Group 5 DAY SEB BHC MNZ TFO SPA NÜR LMS WGN ORC 61 5th1
France Johnny Servoz-Gavin DNS 26 25
France Henri Pescarolo DNS
Switzerland Herbert Müller 25
France Jean Guichet 26 5 16
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Italy Nino Vaccarella 5
Italy Nanni Galli 7
United Kingdom Robin Widdows 7 16

^1 All points scored by the Matra-Simca MS650.


  1. ^ "Matra MS630". Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Matra Manufacturing & Services". Archived from the original on 24 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
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