This beautiful little glassfibre-bodied car was one of the first mass-produced roadgoing midengined sportscars, even though most press will tell you that this honour should belong to the much later Lamborghini Miura, but that is simply wrong - even Porsche had the 550 spider but this was far from being a mass produced car.
The Djet was the product of Rene Bonnet, who until the beginning
of the 60'ies had been joined up with Charles Deutsch in the Panhard
company. (The "B" in "DB" cars stands for Bonnet)
That this car was designed in 1962 is actually quite amazing.
The Djet was initially powered by a standard Renault engine, but soon thereafter this was replaced with a Gordini-tuned 1108 ccm Renault unit. The humble power of these small engines nevertheless gave the small and very aerodynamic (Cv ~ 0.25) car a top speed of 165 km/h. Djet II with its slightly higher tuned engine did 190 km/h, and the specially aerodynamic version "aerojet" achieved 225km/t (!) on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans wit a race-trimmed version of that same engine.
The car was produced until 1968 (called "Djet 5" "Djet 5S" and eventually Matra "Jet6" ) , where Matra replaced it with the M530.
A total number of about 1500 cars were built - making it a very rare (but pleasant) sight.