Société Industrielle de Mécanique et de Carrosserie Automobile was founded in 1935, initially building rebadged Fiats. This it did so well that, during the 1950s, it was able to take over a number of other manufacturers including Ford France, and put that company’s V8 into production, as well as constructing its own rather distinctive designs.
Chrysler, which was seeking a European toehold, took a major stake in Simca in 1963 (as it did with Rootes in the UK), but it had similar problems running the marque as it suffered in the UK. In 1970, Simca became Chrysler France, and was sold to Peugeot in 1978. It soon renamed all the models Talbot; the last Simca, a Solara, came out in 1980.