Monday, February 8, 2010

1968 Matra D'Jet (Jet 6)

Wow. Here's another French car I have never seen in person. Unlike the Renault 5 above, which is common in Europe, the D'Jet is not often seen anywhere.

The D'Jet was designed by René Bonnet, of Deutsch et Bonnet fame. It was originally sold as the René Bonnet D'jet. It came with an 1108cc engine taken from the Renault 8. From 1962 - 1964 Bonnet built 197 of these cars.

Bonnet ran into financial trouble and Matra (who were supplying the bodyshells to Bonnet) took over production. They gave it a slight redesign and built 3 versions of it from April 1965 through 1967.

This car is listed as a 1968 model, which would make it one of the last ones built. By this time the "D" had been dropped and the car was known as the "Jet 6". It has a 105 HP, 1255 cc, Renault 8 Gordini engine, which gives this car a top speed of somewhere in the neighborhood of 130 MPH. The seller states this is most likely a "Lux" version, which had a wooden dash and a few other "luxury" touches.

The car being offered on eBay needs restoration. The frame needs to be repaired and it needs to be reassembled and painted. The engine has already been rebuilt and has zero time in it. The rear suspension pieces, which are unique to the Jet 6, have been refurbished.

Roughly 1500 D'Jets (Jets) were built under the Matra name. The seller, who appears to very very knowledgeable about these cars, states that a total of 222 Jet 6 Matras were built, of which only 74 are known to still exist.

This is not a weekend restoration project, but if you have the time, talent and/or money, this would be great car to own.

Located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, click here to see the eBay listing.

You can find more info on the D'Jet here.


Chris Keen said...

Pretty cool car... wonder what's up with the Hawaii plates and tropical looking vegetation in the pics, though...

I once dropped my parents cat off at a cat motel and noticed an Allard pic on the wall... guy was surprised and proceeded to tell me about the Deutsch-Bonnet he had sitting outside under a cover. Which, I guess, came before this car.

Bill said...

These were the very first production mid engine cars. Clearly the inspiration for the Lotus Europa. Stronger, lighter, and prettier than the Lotus as well, and I have a Lotus! I shouldn't have passed on a rough D'jet about 15 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Is this still for sale? I need parts....540-428-2368