The terrific thing about Cars and Coffee is the wide variety of cars you’ll see. Everything ranging from military vehicles to antiques to exotics to classics to Japanese and European performance cars – and then even more. One of the most unusual cars at the November 2012 show was this Matra Bonnet Djet V S. This is the S model, signifying the 90 horsepower version of the Renault 8 Gordini 11098cc OHV 4 cylinder engine instead of the standard 70hp. The mid-engine fiberglass-bodied Matra Djet series was designed by René Bonnet and built from 1962 thru 1967 by Bonnet first, then later Matra. Approximately (numbers vary) 1495 in the series were built.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to speak to the owner, but we suspect we know who he is based on past examples of French cars we’ve discussed with him. We hope we have the details of his car right this time.
This is not our first Matra Bonnet Djet – we’ve seen two before at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN – one completely unrestored and one in perfect restored condition. The following example is rough, but in good condition considering it’s age and is ready for a restoration.