Simca 1000 (1962-1978)
The Simca 1000 was an immediate success when it was launched at the 1961 Paris Salon, It remained in production for 16 years In all, 1.6 million units were made.
What they said at the time: “One of 1962’s sensations was the introduction by Simca of their first rear-engined car, the 1000. Although the power unit employed, a 944 c.c. version of Simca’s five-bearing 1290 c.c. Rush engine, is their smallest, it develops 45 b.h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m. and a maximum torque of 54.2ft/lb at 2.800 r.p.m., giving a maximum speed of 75 m.p.h. Suspension is independent, front and rear, and there are 9 in hydraulic drum brakes all round. The electrical system is 12v. The engine revolves counter-clockwise, the opposite of classic engines, in order to compensate for torque and improve balance at any speed. The integral transmission/rear axle assembly is compact and fully synchronised.
Although it is a small and economical car. the 1000 has many refinements. Its four doors open at right angles: the luggage boot locks from inside the car. The ventilation system allows both air flow and temperature to be regulated. The separate front seats have contoured triple-padded backs and a no-sag frame: they have seven adjustment positions, which can be changed while the car is moving. Sound insulation is effective. There are two sun visors, matching either of two ceiling tones.”
The Simca 1000 Rallye 1 and 2 were popular among the more sporty motorists and with racing drivers, both in one-make championships and in saloon car racing.