The buyers of the 1000 Coupé loved the styling but were disappointed by the car’s performance. The diminutive 944cc engine was tweaked, raising the power by 2 bhp to 40 bhp. A few years into the production run this figure was increased to 52 bhp. The straightforward chassis featured independent suspension all-round with a transverse leaf spring at the front and coil springs at the back. Surprisingly, it was one of the few new vehicles on sale—especially at this size—that was sold with four wheel disc brakes as standard. The interior was completely redesigned to suit the Coupe. Inside, buyers were treated to a vastly improved, GT car-like interior, with auxiliary gauges and switches sprinkled on the flat dash.
Designed to compete with the other small coupes of its era like the Renault Floride and Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, the little Simca was short on performance but big on style. Production started in earnest in 1963 and by 1967 10.915 of the small coupes had rolled off the line. Its price was twice that of the 1000 sedan. The 1000 Coupé was replaced by the Simca 1200 S Coupé.
This Simca 1000 Coupe, coming from Italy where it was its entire life, is in an original state and is from 1965.
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The now defunct Simca name may not be familiar to younger car enthusiast...