Jaguar XK 150

Jaguar XK 150 (1957-1961)

The XK 150 was the successor to the XK 140. It featured a one-piece windscreen and offered more space for the passengers.

Jaguar XK 150
Jaguar XK 150
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster

Jaguar XK 150
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Fixed Head Coupé
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Drop Head Coupé
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Drophead Coupé

Jaguar XK 140

Jaguar XK 140 (1954-1957)

The Jaguar XK140 sports car was made between 1954 and 1957. It succeeded the XK120. The new model offered increased interior space, better steering and brakes and modernised shock absorbers (gone were the lever arm types).

Jaguar XK 140
1954 Jaguar XK 140

Jaguar XK 140
Jaguar XK 140 Drop Head Coupé

Jaguar XK 140
Jaguar XK 140 Fixed Head Coupé

Simca Sport

Simca 8 & 9 Sport (1949-1954)

The Simca 8 Sport went on sale in 1949. It was built by coachbuilder Facel-Métallon. It was available as a coupé and a cabriolet.

simca 8
1950 Simca 8 Sport

The Simca 9 appeared in June 1952 and was built until 1954. It was a development of the Simca 8, but as the 9 Sport was of a unibody design, it was not offered as a convertible.

1953 Simca 9 Sport

The 9 Sport name was dropped in September 1954. For 1955 the car was renamed the Simca Coupé de Ville (with the same bodywork).

simca sport

Simca Vedette

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.

Simca Vedette
1956 Simca Vedette
Simca Vedette
1957 Simca Vedette Trianon


The Versailles had the “Aquilon” 2351 cc V8 side-valve engine. It produced 80 bhp at 4600 rpm.

Simca Vedette colour scheme
In 1957 the Simca Vedette could be had in these colours and two-tone combinations
Simca Vedette
1957 Simca Vedette dimensions


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.

Simca Vedette
1958 Simca Vedette

Simca Vedette
Details of the 1958 Simca Vedette models

Simca Vedette
1958 Simca Vedette Présidence

Simca Vedette
1958 Simca Vedette Chambord

Specification (1958 Simca Vedette)
Engine sidevalve V8 2351 cc
Power 84 hp @ 4800 rpm
Top Speed 145 km/h

Simca Aronde P60

Simca Aronde P60 (1958-1964)

1960 Simca Aronde P60
1960 Simca Aronde P60 ´Étoile

1960 Simca Aronde P60
1960 Simca Aronde P60 Monaco
1960 Simca Aronde P60
1960 Simca Aronde P60 Montlhéry Speciale

1960 Simca Aronde P60
1960 Simca Aronde P60 Castel

1960 Simca Aronde P60
1960 Simca Aronde P60 Cutaway

The previous model was carried over as an entry-level offering.

1960 Simca Aronde P60
1960 Simca Aronde P60 Deluxe Outremer

Simca Aronde 1300

Simca Aronde 1300 (1956-1958)

Simca Aronde
1957 Simca Aronde 1300 De Luxe

Simca Aronde
1957 Simca Aronde 1300 Grand Large

Simca Aronde
1957 Simca Aronde 1300 Coupé de Ville

Simca Aronde
1957 Simca Aronde 1300 Interior

Simca Aronde
1957 Simca Aronde 1300 Week-end Cabriolet

Simca Aronde
1957 Simca Aronde 1300 Dimensions

Simca 9 Aronde

Simca 9 Aronde (1951-1958) Two models

Simca 9 Aronde (1951-1955)

Simca 9
1951 Simca 9 Aronde

Simca 9
1951 Simca 9 Aronde

Simca 9
1951 Simca 9 Aronde

Simca 9
1951 Simca 9 Aronde

Simca Aronde (90A) (1955-1958)

Simca 55
1955 Simca Aronde

Simca 55
1955 Simca Aronde De Luxe

Simca 55
1955 Simca Aronde Grand Large

Simca Ariane

Simca Ariane 1957-1963

The Ariane had the body style of the (old) Vedette coupled with the reliable and economical 4 cylinder ‘Flash’ engine.

Simca Ariane
1958 Simca Ariane

Simca Ariane
Ariane 4 – Life in the 1950s


Simca Ariane
1958 Simca Ariane


Simca Ariane
1960 Ariane 4 Interior

About the 1962 model: “Detail changes have been made for 1962 to all these cars. which all underwent their most important change last year by the introduction of the five-bearing “Rush” engine, with automatic vacuum-controlled spark advance. The “Montlhéry” 4/5-seat passenger saloon was described by Maurice Trintignant as a sports car power plant in a series produced car. Now with the 70 b.h.p. engine, and renamed “Spéciale”. this model has been made available in a new metallic grey finish. Of similar power and the other prestige models, the “Monaco Spéciale” 4-passenger hardtop, the “Océane” two-seat hardtop and its sister “Plein Ciel” convertible. The six-seat Ariane Miramas has had its sound-proofing improved still further; three versions of this car comprise the standard, the SL (Super Luxe) with some extras and the GC (Grand Comfort) with contoured Autogalbe seat back and Chambord type upholstery in elastic, leather-grained fabric. The low-priced Etoile has a slightly more luxurious version, the Elysee. a four/five seat saloon with four doors.”

From: European Cars 1962 by M.J. Wilson

Ford Prefect

Ford Prefect (1938-1959)

The Ford Prefect was the four-door version of the Anglia and Popular models. Slightly up-market.

E93A 1938-1949

1938 Ford Prefect E93A

E493A 1949-1953

This was a facelift of the earlier model. It now had fared-in headlamps and a completely new grille.

1949 Ford Prefect and Anglia
1949 Ford Prefect and Anglia

100E 1953-1959

1953 saw the introduction of a thoroughly new model. Gone was the separate chassis transverse springs and mechanical brakes, and in were a unitary body, independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes.

1958 Ford Prefect

Ford Prefect Interior
1954 Ford Prefect Interior

Ford Consul

Ford Consul (1951-1962)

Ford Consul Mk I (1951-1956)

The Consul Mark I, code named EOTA, was launched in 1951. It was the successor to the Ford V8 Pilot. The Consul was the 4-cylinder version of the Ford Zephyr.

Ford consul mk i
1951 Ford Consul Mk I
Ford Consul Cutaway
Ford Consul Mk I Cutaway

Ford Consul Mk II (1956-1962)

The Ford Consul Mk II followed in 1956 and was manufactured until 1962. It was also known by its Ford code name 204E.

1962 Ford Consul Mk II
1962 Ford Consul Mk II
Ford Consul
Ford Consul Mk II
interior Ford Consul
Really roomy interior …

The Consul line was discontinued, although the 1962 Cortina was initially called the Consul Cortina. The name was revived for the low-spec versions of the Grenada in 1972. See under Ford Europe.