Mécanique Aviation Traction or Matra (Mécanique Aviation TRAction) was a French company covering a wide range of activities mainly related to automobile, bicycles, aeronautics and weaponry. In 1994, it became a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group and now operates under that name.
Matra was owned by the Floirat family. The name Matra became famous in the 1960s when it went into car production by buying Automobiles René Bonnet. Matra Automobiles produced racing cars and sports cars, and was successful in racing.
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... The fiberglass body was made by Matra, which was glued to a steel chassis ... Matra also provided the factory where the Djets were built, in Romorantin ... There were 198 Bonnet Djet produced during the two years before Matra took over Bonnet (all but 19 were of the lowest-powered Djet I specification), and the car became the Matra Djet in 1964 ...