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1977-1984 MATRA-SIMCA Rancho specifications


Simca’s 1100 VF3 van proved the unlikely starting point for Matra-Simca’s pioneering Rancho. The faux off-roader was sneered at by the press, but customers loved them, and the Rancho proved to be unlikely hit of the late-‘70s. Rough and tough, with big plastic bumpers, it was perfect for mean city streets, but the 1.4-litre Simca engine struggled to haul the large body on the motorway. Engines became rattly almost the moment it left the factory, and rust set-in soon after – the rear section was glassfibre, so at least some of it would survive unscathed.

Production

  • Production:
    56,700
  • Price at launch:
    £5,133
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,700
  • Price (good):
    £1,200
  • Price (average):
    £800
  • Price (project):
    £500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    14.9secs
  • Top speed:
    89.0mph
  • Power:
    80.0bhp
  • Torque:
    89.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, trailing arm, torsion bar
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4310mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2520mm
  • Width:
    1660mm
  • Height:
    1730mm
  • Weight:
    1130kgs

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