Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Simca 1000

1962(?) Simca 1000 GLS - No, I'm not "Rainman" when it comes to Simcas, but like the Simca Océane I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, there's something wrong with the eBay listing for this car. To the best of my knowledge, the GLS version of the Simca 1000 was not introduced until 1964. In fact, according to most sources I checked, the Simca 1000 wasn't introduced to the US market until 1963 or 1964. Not that it matters. I can't imagine a DMV clerk anywhere in the country knowing what a Simca 1000 is, let alone that the GLS version wasn't introduced until 1964.

The Simca 1000 was hugely popular in Europe. Introduced in 1962, the car stayed in production until 1978. Introduced with a sub-1000cc engine, it was not the quickest car in the world, but it was economical, comfortable and, for a rear engined car, handled well.

Carlo Abarth tuned some 1100 sedans and also based the stunning Abarth-Simca 1300 GT car on the Simca 1100.

The car being offered on eBay is an amazing find, no matter what year it is. It sat in a shed on a farm for many years. The body appears to be rust free and complete. The seller states the interior is in good condition, but offers no pictures of it. The seller also claims the he recently had it running. It needs a a brake master and slave cylinder. The seller is including a new master with the car.

If I were to buy this car I'd keep it the original color, throw on a set of Panasports (or something that looks similar to Panasports) and "Abarthize" the engine. It would be a hit at any car show.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

Click here to find more information on the Simca 1000.

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