1958 Simca Vedette 2.4 side-valve from Australia and New Zealand
Simca Vedette - pretty, but rare these days
Burst cooling hoses.
Some switchgear disintegrated.
The Vedette is a small V8 using a French version of the famous Ford side-valve unit. The body is very much like a Mk11 Zodiac, but a bit more "finny". My was a two-tone silver and black with not one bit of rust.
I liked the feel of the car, but it was a sluggish beast. The gap between 2nd and 3rd gears felt too big and the column shift made it worse. The dash was nice; lots of warning lights and pleasing touches. The light stalk indicator stalk plastics had rotted away, so replacements were fashioned. My indicator stalk was off a forklift!
On a drive from Melbourne to Adelaide, I twice had problems with the top radiator hose. Once, on Ballarat Rd, was fortunately outside a wreckers!
I sold the car after a year or so. I heard from the new owner that one of the heads was no good. That might explain the lack of power and burst hoses!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th December, 2015