Matra Jet 6 New Zealand

Owner only rates it 7/10. It must look better in photos. Interesting that he converted it back to LHD for authenticity. I suggest he is a hard judge.
Great looking car and a great story.
 
Were I to have written such an article about my Matra Djet V, I would have had "front & centre" the joys of the Djet on a winding road. Not so much its outright grip (mine is on non-standard 165/70-14 Premium Contact 2 tyres) but its communicative & responsive behaviour around the limit (especially in the wet). I've driven a lot of cars fast over the decades & the Djet is the most enjoyably controllable car I've ever driven.
 

JohnW

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A little story about the Matra from my son's point of view.

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Frans.
Thanks for posting this Frans. The 7/10 puzzles me but it doesn't matter because the car is loved and used!! Thinking of 4cvgordini's comment, I'm recalling that short trips from Jacques' house wouldn't get the car onto the sorts of roads that M. 4cvg has close to his home. Jacques will have to take longer drives in it!! :)

What a great car it is.
 

JohnW

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https://www.kiwigarage.co.nz/matra-jet-6
Thanks for posting.
First mid-engined production car. I have wondered if the Citroen ID with its transaxle and gearbox in front of the engine which intrudes into the cabin space could be considered mid-engined.
Engine still ahead of driver and passengers, although it is behind the front axle line I guess. There's an opposite example with people nearly always referring to prewar Auto Union racing cars as rear-engined when they really are mid-engined!
 

alan moore

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A beautiful car I would be proud to own. I also agree the owner is a hard marker at 7/10. I do look for these Matras for sale from time to time, mostly with the same 7 or so coming up in the search that may or may not be sold. With the Covid tax that seems to be applied to classic vehicles currently, and the possible asbestos clearance problems with importing one, they are currently beyond my economic means, but still much less expensive than the A110. In my mind the A110 is a little prettier, but the Matra a clear winner in the engineering stakes.
 

Frans

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I would agree with the 7/10 at the time the photos were taken. Since then the smaller pain in the neck items was installed such as the R5 water reservoir, NOS taillight lenses, Matra badge in front, heater with its control knobs and cables, side window rubbers, etc.

Moulton2speed, We decided to go back to LH drive for originality. The car is completely original and only one RH car was built for the Marquee in England and that one still exists and is on the road. The Gordini engine is slightly modified and is now 1430 but only a well-trained eye will be able to tell.

Regards, Frans.
 

JohnW

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I would agree with the 7/10 at the time the photos were taken. Since then the smaller pain in the neck items was installed such as the R5 water reservoir, NOS taillight lenses, Matra badge in front, heater with its control knobs and cables, side window rubbers, etc.

Moulton2speed, We decided to go back to LH drive for originality. The car is completely original and only one RH car was built for the Marquee in England and that one still exists and is on the road. The Gordini engine is slightly modified and is now 1430 but only a well-trained eye will be able to tell.

Regards, Frans.
You both have very high standards! Great work Frans.
 
On LHD vs. RHD:

I actually prefer driving LHD to RHD on country roads. Reason? One gains more from being able to see more around right hand bends than one loses around left hand bends.
 
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