1970 Simca 1501 Special 1.5 from North America
I would love to have it now!
In approximately one year of use (of a 14 year old car), I never had one breakdown or problem.
This was the station wagon, an amazing car. Roomy, comfortable and great performance from the standard transmission. And that picnic table in the rear? Forget it, I was the belle of the tailgate parties!
I always got stares, because this was a gorgeous green wagon, never seen in the States until mine!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2005
This must have been a much better model than the ones officially imported by Chrysler for sale in N America, the 1204 and the 1118, which are memorable only for being among the earliest fwd cars available in this market, and...well, their total lack of any semblance of styling!
Almost impossible to find any now. There was a US Simca club at one time, but don't know whether it is still active or not.
I owned a 1968 or '69 Simca 1204 in Newfoundland in the early 70's. It was a unique and functional vehicle with a useful hatchback. I believe it was also a semi-automatic (shift without a clutch). I don't believe I've seen one since!!
I owned a 1973 Simca in Bogotá Colombia, the engine was a 1204 with four gears, my father used that car until the engine failed in the late 80's... Then in 1991, I repaired the engine and used the car for 2 more years, but the floor was full of rust and the car failed for everything, brakes, clutch and electric issues.
In Colombia you can see a few in the streets, I don´t know how they are still running, maybe with used parts...