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In 1963, Engins Matra, a large airplane and armaments company, took over the assets of a small sports car company run by René Bonnet. Bonnet was at the forefront of French motor racing, and was unfortunately much better at building cars than running a business. To support his competition exploits, Bonnet unveiled three cars at the 1962 Paris Salon. The top range of these three cars was his pioneering D’jet (derived from his racing prototype). It has the distinction of being the world’s first mid-engined production race car. Matra continued producing the D´jet–a fiberglass coupè. This is a central backbone/fiberglass body configuration, using Renault running gear. The engine is mounted in the middle of the car. Total weight is about 1000 pounds. The D´jet was a very successful road and race car.