1951 Simca 8 Super Sport

Simca first appeared in 1934, making Fiat cars under license in their factory at Nanterre which had previously produced the Donnet cars. For many years the fortunes of Simca were closely linked to those of the tuning wizard Amédée Gordini and many competition successes were achieved including class wins in the 1949-50 Alpine and Monte Carlo rallies in the hands of drivers such as Jean Behra and Johny Claes.
The Simca 8 Sports Coupé made its debut in 1949 and was shown at Earls Court in 1950 in convertible and fixed-head form; the latter had an aluminum body made under license from Pininfarina by Facel Métallon who later became known for their work with the Facel Vega car. It was a handsome car which attracted a great deal of attention. In this form it was fitted with a 1221cc Simca engine developing 50 hp with a quoted top speed of 85 mph.
The car pictured here is the Super Sports version, sometimes known as the Mille Miglia. It uses the twin overhead cam two-liter Fiat-Simca engine which produces 110 hp and has a top speed of 125 mph. Coil-spring independent front suspension is fitted and modifications include center lock wire wheels, a five-speed gearbox and dual circuit servo assisted brakes with discs at the front. Described as being in good condition throughout and finished in gleaming black with green interior trim, this is an extremely rare car which exemplifies the art of the coachbuilder during the highly creative period of the early ’50s and should be suitable for high-speed touring or as an asset to any collection.