Junkyard Find: 1964 Simca 1000

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1964 simca 1000

During my recent trip to Sweden, I took in a Folkrace, saw many old American cars on the street, visited a farm full of restored classic Chryslers, and, of course, went to the junkyard. We’ve seen this 1966 Toyota Crown station wagon and this 1963 Ford Taunus 17M at Bloms Bilskrot in Söråker, and now here’s a very rusty example of a car that was popular in Europe but never made much of an impression in North America: the Simca 1000.

We have a single Simca racing in the 24 Hours of LeMons, but it’s a front-drive Simca 1100 (which was badged as a 1204 in the United States). I hope to see a Vedette racing in the series someday.

Was the last owner of this car named Greta Swedin?

The top-down rust, no doubt caused by decades of birch-forest leaf mulch building up on the car, is pretty scary.

Still, some pieces for a Swedish Simca restorer remain (if there are any Simca restorers in Sweden, that is).

The 1000 has a rear engine with water cooling.

The 1000 has a respectable racing heritage in Europe, so perhaps some of the parts on this one may go into a rally car.

Room for the relatives!

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  • Redbat01 Redbat01 on Jan 16, 2015

    Simca 1000. Rear engine car, almost done right. Simca sold nearly 1.6 million of these fascinating little cars. You can read all about the design and evolution of the Simca 1000 here: http://www.corvair.org/chapters/njace/simca_1000.html

    • Hudson Hudson on Jan 16, 2015

      I quite like my 77 Rallye 2. Although haven't been able to drive it much since I got it being winter and all.

  • -Nate -Nate on Feb 10, 2020

    2.10.2020 Late to the party here . Good to hear these were good little econo boxes . Looks cute to me . French cars are.....'different' (means weird), once you understand this they're wonderful ~ I've owned and loved Peugeots and Citroens, a Machinist at my last workplace was a Cajun who loved his 196? Simca . -Nate

  • Carlson Fan I think it is pretty cool & grew up with a '75 Ford window van so I can attest to their utility. $60K is a lot for any vehicle and I'm not convinced EV's are ready for prime time for a number of reasons. It would make an awesome 2nd or 3rd vehicle in a multi-car household but again the price would keep most from considering it.I agree with the other comments that those who have to have it will buy it and then sales will drop off. Offer a panel version for the commercial market, that could have possibilities.
  • Wjtinfwb Panther Black? or Black Panther? Shaped like a decade old Ford detectives sedan? Seems like an odd way to send out your marquee car...
  • Kwik_Shift Instead of blacked, how about chromed? Don't follow the herd.
  • Carlson Fan Nicest looking dash/gage cluster ever put in any PU truck. After all these years it still looks so good.
  • Wheatridger Correct me if I'm wrong, but has the widescreen digital dash usurped the space formerly occupied in every other car by an HVAC vent? I see one prominent vent well right of center, where there should be two. I rely on twin driver's side vents to warm my hands on cold mornings, and I wouldn't give that up for more screen area.