Ma­tra Djet V Luxe

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René-bernard Bouchet’s Ma­tra Djet was an­other new­comer to the event. ‘I bought it in the South of France in 2011 – It was rolling but needed some restora­tion,’ he says. ‘That didn’t worry me be­cause I worked in Ma­tra’s engi­neer­ing de­part­ment from 1976 to 1986. While this was post-djet – mainly I was in­volved in test­ing the Murena – it en­abled me to achieve a fac­tory con­di­tion re­build. This be­came my pas­sion. Noth­ing was left un­touched. I re­built the mo­tor and gear­box com­pletely. The steel chas­sis was sand­blasted back to bare metal, zinc coated and painted, and a vast amount of time was ex­pended on per­fect­ing the glass­fi­bre bodyshell.’

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