A charming little Simca coupé

A charming little Simca coupé
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The French automaker Simca produced conventional automobiles during the 1940’s and ‘50’s: rear-wheel drive cars with the engine in the front. But in 1961 they came with a new, small car, the Simca 1000.

This car had the engine in the back, similar to the Volkswagen Beetle and also similar to the small cars of that other French automaker, Renault. The layout of the Simca 1000 was very much the same as that of the Renault 4CV, the Dauphine and the R8 and R10.
And just as the Renaults, the Simca 1000 has four doors, making it a perfect family car.

Soon, Simca started working on a more sporty version of the 1000. Design studio Bertone in Italy drew the lines of the new Simca 1000 Coupé, later the 1.000 cc engine is replaced by a 1.200 cc motor. This car is produced from 1962 to 1972.

But there were other carmakers that used the Simca mechanicals to build a car of their own. One of those was the coachbuilding firm Chappe et Gessalin. They did all sorts of bodywork for the racing team of Formula 1-driver Charles Pozzi.

But in the 1960’s, CG decided to build a car of their own. Their first one was the CG Spider 1000, a convertible that used the running gear of the Simca 1000, all bolted on backbone chassis. The second model CG designed was the 1200 S. This was based on the Simca 1200 S Coupé.

There was even a special version of this little coupé, the CG Lite ‘548’, that was extra light and weighed only 548 kilo.

In 1972 the CG Simca 1300 was introduced and the final car they built was the Simca CG-MC, a car that was built on a central tube and space frame chassis. A 2.156 cc Chrysler 180-engine was mounted in the middle and delivered a staggering 175 bhp.

Later, engines were tuned up to 215 bhp. Needless to say that these cars were used for competition mainly.

The car that is for sale here is a 1972 CG Simca 1200.

It’s from the first owner, who used to work in the factory where the car was built. At his request, the 1.200 Simca-engine was replaced by a 1.300 cc engine, documents of the factory are available to prove this.

The car is now in the French town of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in France, sellers want EUR 48,500 for it.