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Parallel to the construction of the 640 , its development after the serious accident during testing of Henri Pescarolo has been set, it worked for Matra in 1969 a completely new vehicle concept . Were the former Matra prototypes were all closed sports car, with the MS650 was the first Spyder. Since the spelling with a "Y" but of Porsche was protected, the car was internally adding "Spider". In the starting lists of Le Mans, the vehicles, and the successors, reported to Spiders.
By Bernard Boyer constructed Spider had a monocoque made of aluminum and was driven from the hotel's 3-liter 12-cylinder engine. After the accident of the development of the Pescarolo MS650 was accelerated in order for Le Mans, as every year, the highlight of the racing activities of Matra to be prepared. In previous attempts, no Matra sports cars saw the checkered flag at Le Mans.
The MS650 proved to be amazingly fast and stable. While Matra benefited from the large number of retirements (all Porsche 917 and the two Ferrari 312P fell out), but could the car over long distances, the pace of the Porsche 908 ride. The team management had sent four factory cars in the race and recorded only one loss. In addition to a one MS650 MS630 was used. This came two MS630/650, two cars whose chassis of the MS630 from the previous year came, but already had the body of the MS650.
After 158 laps the car had of Johnny Servoz-Gavin and Herbert Müller, a MS630/650, to be placed with a defect in the electrical system. Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Piers Courage, the MS650, came in fourth objective and lay it in same lap as the third-placed Ford GT40 by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood . Behind it placed Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella in the MS630 in fifth and Nanni Galli with partner Robin Widdows, the second MS630/650, managed with seventh also a top ten result. Despite this success with the legendary last hour of the race, when Jacky Ickx and Hans Herrmann was outshone delivered a Grand Prix style be transmitted duel for victory, was the facilitation of Matra large over the first finishes.