03 April 2015

Simca Car Production By Model : 1960-69

Things were changing at Simca at this time. In 1963 Chrysler became the major stake holder, replacing Fiat. Chrysler also acquired UK firm Rootes (Hillman) in 1967, creating Chrysler Europe. While the 60's hadn't been too bad for Simca, by the end of the decade it had fallen behind both Citroën and Peugeot in production volume.

Below are the production for each model. Then under the chart a brief résumé of each new model released in the decade.


Year 1100 1000 13/1500 Ariane Vedette Total

Aronde

1960 - - 175,384 29,185 11,514 216,083

1961 - 9,670 164,297 33,733 3,813 211,513

1962 - 154,282 87,168 14,875 - 256,325

1963 - 168,646 94,317 7,022 - 269,985

1964 - 113,818 162,760 - - 276,578

1965 - 116,259 118,826 - - 235,085

1966 - 133,336 153,365 - - 286,701

1967 24,708 90,437 133,404 - - 248,549

1968 138,240 86,936 92,064 - - 317,240

1969 141,129 117,567 92,605 - - 351,301

Data source: Freyssenet.com


1100: This model was a small 3/5-door hatchback, wagon and LCV. It was considered very advanced when released but had a reputation of lacking durability. It was the most successful Simca ever built.


1000: This small 4-door model was Fiat based. It was cute, fun to drive but also prone to rust. 


1300/1500: Made as a large 4-door car and wagon, the numbers represent engine size. Again with Italian influence, it was known to have a good suspension and was a roomy car. It was never quite as popular as the Aronde. To me the best looking of all Simca cars. 

Summary: Things went OK in this decade for Simca but Chrysler's ambitions in Europe seemed too hasty. This would ultimately impact on Simca.

For others in the series, simply click on the dates: 1947-591970-79, and 1980-87

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