Simca Vedette (1954-1961)
The Vedette started off life as a Ford (France) Vedette. Simca took over the Ford works in 1954 but the Vedette continued to be sold as a Ford for some time after the take-over.
The Versailles had the “Aquilon” 2351 cc V8 side-valve engine. It produced 80 bhp at 4600 rpm.
1958 saw the introduction of a new body style, but still with the side-valve V8. The models were Beaulieu, Chambord, Présidence and Marly. The old body style was continued as the Ariane.
Specification (1958 Simca Vedette)
Engine sidevalve V8 2351 cc
Power 84 hp @ 4800 rpm
Top Speed 145 km/h