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The Simca 1300 and 1500 range were launched in 1963 at the Geneva Salon to replace the somewhat outdated Arande.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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