1974 Simca 1501 S Automatique 1.5
A charming piece of rust
Rust rust and rust.
All sorts of electrical problems.
Speedometer collapsed at 135000km.
Finally the dynamo broke down, then I got rid of it.
A really comfortable and fun car to drive, despite its lack of power - 71hp is not much for a car of this size.
Charming looks and nice interior too, but not the best quality. Lots of space.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th February, 2005
I remember seeing these around a lot in the 70's. They stood out for having I remember the yellow French fog-lights, tinted windows and metallic paint (both of which were a rarity in those days.) However you could always tell one from miles away due to the tappety engine noise that seemed to belong to all Simcas, Talbots and Peugeots of the time.
Reading reviews about the old French Simcas brought back a very old memory of a cute little Simca my mother owned in the 60s. In 1964 she, as a widow, drove myself, 13, brother 12 and our sister 6 from Edmonton, Alberta back to Ontario where our grandfather lived. We ate and slept in that car for 4 days there and 4 days back. The little engine valiantly went up steep hills and through the hot Canadian prairies, but expired about 60 km short of Edmonton. That Simca will always be one of my fondest memories of our family time together.