33k Mile 1966 Simca 1000

1966-Simca-1000

This 1966 Simca is claimed to have only covered 33k miles before being stashed away in a garage sometime in the eighties. The current owner has since freshened up the engine and gotten it running again, but it still needs some brake work. The engine may not produce much power, but considering that it’s  rear-mounted and connected to a four-speed, we think it could still be fun. Abarth even thought they were good enough to build a hopped-up version of his own. So if you like the idea of a little French car with a pendulum out back, you had better move quick because the eBay auction ends in 7 hours. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip.

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  1. Graham Line

    They’re actually kind of fun. Were delivered with any of three electrical systems (Paris-Rhone, Ducellier or Marchal) but JC Whitney had parts for all three. Could watch the tires on my ’63 wear, through the holes rusted in the tops of the fenders.

  2. Billy

    If my big butt would fit in it, I would love to have this ride. My uncle had one of these back in the early 70s Loved it.

  3. Bisbee Mike

    Bought one for $300 in ’74 – used it to deliver newspapers to racks and driveways, could load 1000 lbs of papers in it with no complaint although the sewing machine motor didn’t appreciate it much. Hydraulic clutch was finicky but a real gas sipper. It melted down one sunny AM on I-40 about 50 miles west of Needles, CA (the Mojave desert, for sure!) and was left behind at the tow yard in Yuma, traded with $200 for a ’64 Ford F150 with a camper shell (which blew up in Arkansas). Probably should have just taken the Greyhound, and left the driving (and roadside slaughter) to someone else…

    • rancho bella

      Great story…………Bisbee (as in a certain mining town?)

      • Bisbee Mike

        That’s right – Bisbee, Arizona, Queen of the Copper Camps & BarnFind Mecca ( many w/o barns…)

  4. Dan Farrell

    Sounds like my Saab story.

  5. Matt Cotton

    This looks like one of the good ones. These usually turn up for sale as piles of red dust. I hope someone good gets it, there are only a few of us on the road these days!
    The motor is plenty powerful for moving right along at 65, it just takes a while to get there. And you won’t find a more comfortable economy car these days!
    Simca 1000 in the USA: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjuRgNPi

  6. Rich

    Damn. This is right across town from me…

  7. paul

    Another one of those car that was small on the outside huge on the inside & very smooth ride like an Austin America I had along time ago.

  8. Horse Radish

    I guess you ought to have a unique taste to like one of these.

    On the other hand it is cars like these that make the automotive world more interesting and challenging.

    I am glad he got $3000+ for the car to reward him for saving it and moving it along….

  9. Zoo Barthelme

    ….my mom had a powder blue one when I was in high school, it was an embarrassment to drive, then I started to build on it, motor change (my secret), and damn if it wasn’t a blast to drive. Hopped-up VW’s didn’t stand a chance….

    • justin

      hey ive got a 62 simca 1000 and im interested in the idea of a more powerful powerplant,may i ask what type of engine you swapped in and how?

  10. Kris

    The Simca was the first car I ever drove….age 11. 45 years later seems like it was yesterday, I will never forget it.

  11. Dave Lloyd

    Any information as to where this little red 1966 SIMCA ended up? I had to let one go a number of years ago, would like to find another.

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