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Simca 1100 (1967 - 1982)

Last updated 25 March 2013

 
4
Practical five-door hatchback was ahead of the game when launched
Rust, rattles, general apathy
Updated 1 December 1977
1100's replacement, the Chrysler Horizon launched

From that point onwards, sales fell sharply, and the most successful car SIMCA ever built faded away into obscurity. The last flourish was the innovative Matra-SIMCA Rancho, which made an appearance...

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2,000,000
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Introduction

When it arrived in 1967, the Simca 1100 was a remarkably advanced family car. It was the template for the modern family car, with five-doors, a roomy hatchback and front-wheel drive were all the ingredients for a successful mid-sized car. And in France, the Simca 1100 certainly did the business, becoming a best-seller with two million sold.

Torsion bar suspension tuned for comfort and eager power units marked out the 1100 as pleasant to drive. The Ti was possibly the first hot hatchback available in Europe. In the UK, its tendency towards tappet rattle and rusty bodywork marked it out unfairly as a banger before its time. Few survive as a result, and those that do are worth buttons.

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