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The Simca Coupé 1000 and its successor, the Simca 1200S are small, rear-engined two-door coupés (described by one well informed commentator as “Pseudo-sportives”) which were produced by Simca between 1962 and 1971. Simca also provided the engine and the mechanical underpinnings while the small elegant bodies were built in Turin by Bertone before being transferred for final assembly to Simca’s Poissy plant on specially configured trains.
This beautiful and rare Simca 1200 Bertone coupe was delivered on 02-01-1970 in the Netherlands. French allure with Italian style! Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro commissioned by Bertone. Total body-off restoration in 2002. Several upgrades, 1442 cc, high compression engine, sharp camshaft version with two double carburetors, new original sports exhaust, Cibie fog lights, disc brakes all around, Cromodora wheels, color Monza gray metallic, beautiful and good interior original leather straps for a suitcase set, several beautiful details like top hung windows front and rear, all chrome is new.
The change of name in 1967 marked a major upgrade that included the installation of a more powerful engine and styling adjustments enforced by moving the radiator from the rear to the front of the car. This improved weight distribution, but the engine itself remained at the back.
The 1960s was a decade of growing prosperity in France. By the time production of the 1200S ended in 1971 approximately 25,000 of its bodies had made the train journey, mounted on their sides in two rows, on the specially configured railway wagons from Bertone’s workshops in Turin to Simca’s plant at Poissy for transformation into completed cars. (One source indicates that final assembly was subcontracted to a firm in Rotterdam during the car’s final year, due to capacity constraints at Poissy.)
The Simca 1200S was not immediately replaced, although the Matra Bagheera launched in 1973 can be seen as a belated replacement.
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We found this video on YouTube by Jos Verhulst of a similar Simca . Please note that this is not the car in auction.