Simca (Société Industrielle de Méchanique et de carrosserie automobile) once started as assembly company for Fiat. The Simca 8 Cabriolet is actually a Farina with another front. Battista ' Pinin'Farina, at that time working in the family business ' les Stabilimenti Farina' designed this cabriolet based on the Fiat 1100 S, a car with the same chassis as the Simca 8. The design was used for Cisitalia and the Fiat 1100 Spider.
Also the body of the Ferrari 166 Inter Cabriolet was delivered by Stabilimenti Farina. The price of the Simca 8 Sport has not increased that much compared to the Italian brands so far.
The Coupé was born in 1949 on basis of the cabriolet. Simca put in a campaign to obtain a French subcontractor and find it in the person of Jean Daninos, director of Facel. Farina grants a license to allow the installation of a production line in the plant Facel de Colombes, in the periphery of Paris, from light alloy elements pressed in the factories of Amboise, and the completion (painting and upholstery) is assured by the Dreux works.
In 1950 to 1952 the Simca 8 Sport took part in the Rallye of Monte Carlo with famous formula 1 drivers like Maurice Trintignant and Jean Behra.
This car comes with extensive documentation and photos of the restoration.
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The now defunct Simca name may not be familiar to younger car enthusiast...