Simca 1501 Review from Norway

1974 Simca 1501 S Automatique 1.5

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance144000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Ascona

Summary:

A charming piece of rust

Faults:

Rust rust and rust.

All sorts of electrical problems.

Speedometer collapsed at 135000km.

Finally the dynamo broke down, then I got rid of it.

General Comments:

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

11th Apr 2006, 08:44

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.

23rd Jun 2006, 11:54

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.

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 1 review