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1972 Simca 1501

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  • Mileage~33,975
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.5-litre
  • LocationLlanelli, Wales


1972 Simca 1501

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Matt Nolan
Vehicle Consigner & Photographer

Gallic charm, quirkiness and individuality - surely the makings of a Parisian love affair - classique!

The Simca 1300 and 1500 range were launched in 1963 at the Geneva Salon to replace the somewhat outdated Arande. These family cars were well engineered and practical with high quality trim reflecting the focus of Simca on the fleet market. The model went through various changes during the 1960s and in 1967 the new 1301 and 1501 models were introduced featuring revised styling together with an increase in overall length and luggage capacity.

The 1501 was further upgraded in 1969 and the “Specials” were introduced offering radial tyres, power assisted brakes and a top speed of over 100mph. After a nine-year production run the cars were discontinued in 1975.

This Simca really is something special. This UK model is coming to auction in time warp condition and is believed to be the only roadworthy 1501 of this specification in the UK. Having covered less than 34,000 miles over a 50-year life, it retains the original and desirable “Rush” engine as well as the Porsche designed gearbox.

A wealth of history tells the story of a car that has been cherished and enjoyed. Quintessentially French the car has some fascinating quirks including the wind down rear window, tailgate bench seat and foldaway picnic table. The air horn is of the same type used on the French SNCF trains! Extraordinaire indeed!

'70s classics as unmolested as this one are rare enough. This car is a "Special" - the best specification of the range and is practical and ready to go. Guaranteed to turn heads, you really don’t see many of these any more.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Matt after meeting Chris the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I love the French quirkiness and features of this car, what other '70s classic offers you a picnic table and a tailgate you can sit on?

Colin was attracted to this 1501 because of its rarity and originality.

“This is a wonderful car, it's individual, it drives beautifully, and can still get to 95mph and returns 35 mpg”. Colin goes on to say, “I am really sorry to see it go but I have other projects ongoing. It’s a very special car and people love it – I am sure it will bring huge pleasure and satisfaction to the new owners”.

Colin will be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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Fantastic condition – would not look out of place in a 1972 Chrysler showroom.

Wheels and Tyres

The painted pressed steel wheels are in great condition, as are the black and silver period hubcaps.

The tyres look to be in good overall condition and have good tread remaining.


Shut lines appear excellent and doors, bonnet and tailgate open and close cleanly and precisely reflecting the Simca build quality. The car is in remarkable condition and was apparently given a thorough rust treatment when new, and as a result of which, we understand from Colin that it has never been welded.

Being picky, there are some very minor bubbles on the seam of the front valance, but that’s all that we could notice on our visit.

Please take the time to look through the hi-resolution images we have taken for a more detailed look at this beautiful car.


Paint is in great condition as the photos and videos show. The metallic gold retains its shine and generally appears even and consistent across car. A very close inspection shows that some work may have been done to the paint on the nearside front door and possibly the offside front wing.

You might also notice some brown staining inside the door shuts by front "A" frame pillars and tailgate - Colin points out that those a the result of the Ziebart and Waxoyl rust treatment.

The images taken are from various angles and reflections showing the condition of the car, as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. Please take the time to fully assess the condition of the exterior.

Glass and Trim

Glass is clear and unbroken with no evidence of significant marks.

Trim appears very good with only a little pitting and age-related wear you would expect on a car of this age.


Transports you back to the Paris suburbs – probably as close to time travel as you’re likely to get.

Seats and Carpets

Beautiful! Seats retain their firmness, are comfortable and appear in superb condition. Fitted carpets are clean and have many years of life left in them. Take a look at the Interior Review video and photographs to get a real sense of the condition of the interior.


The teak effect dash is in great original condition and the dials are clear with no apparent damage. All switches appear unbroken and Colin confirms everything works as it should.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

One of the features of the higher specification models, the three-spoke steering wheel and ring horn are in great shape.

The gear stick is also in good condition all adding to the fantastic 70’s atmosphere of the interior.


The 1475cc, 81bhp “Rush” powerplant mated to the Porsche designed gearbox were the best combination fitted to these cars.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine starts well and quickly settles down to a steady idle.

The emissions appear clear and we could see no evidence of fluid leaks.

The Porsche designed gearbox is precise and quiet.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension appears firm and the ride is smooth and comfortable.

The sensible upgrade of a brake servo assists with pedal pressure. Colin confirms braking is superb.

The Drive

Check out the On The Road video to take part in our experience of a test drive with Colin.

The car pulls well and is smooth and responsive.

There are no untoward knock or rattles, in fact, it all feels as though you haven’t long left the factory.

Electrics and Other

The Simca comes with a period radio and Colin confirms all switches and electric work exactly as they should. The switches all appear unbroken with very little wear.

History and Paperwork

The chance of a lifetime - a fantastic opportunity to own a unique part of automotive history.

Guaranteed to draw attention both on the road and at shows, these cars are now very rare and one of this specification and in this condition must be virtually unobtainable.

Fantastic history file includes the original handbook, manufacturers original warranty and tax discs going back to 1973. There are articles featuring this car and a period road test in Motor magazine. Meticulous maintenance over the years is demonstrated by many receipts for works to brakes, clutch and engine as well as the replacement of trim items.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
04.10.2021 MOT 33,820
12.04.2018 MOT 32,638
05.04.2017 MOT 32,057
23.03.2016 MOT 31,499
13.04.2015 MOT 31,047
02.04.2014 MOT 30,805
15.04.2013 MOT 29,486
14.04.2010 MOT 28,379
26.03.2009 MOT 27,887
09.04.2008 MOT 27,194
27.03.2007 MOT 26,388
10.04.2006 MOT 25,503
Key Details
  • Model1501 Special
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.06.1972
  • CC1475cc
  • Mileage~33,975
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourGold
  • Interior ColourBeige
  • Chassis #EG34004H
  • Engine #8121036
  • Matching #sYes
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTYes Exp. 03.10.2022
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers5
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Key FeatureRare!

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