The 2013 Quail, A Motorsports Gathering HVA / FIVA Most Well Preserved Car Award Winner
1967 Simca 1000 Coupe
Coachwork by Bertone
Chassis no. 154970
944cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
1 Solex Carburetor
52bhp at 5,200rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Transversal Link, Rear Semi-Elliptical Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Remarkably original example
*Only 22,300kms from new
*Ideal for Concours Preservation Class
*Elegant Giugiaro design
*Fun to drive, unique French-Italian classic
The Simca 1000 Bertone
Sporty variants of main line sedans were always important to the Simca company and in the post-war period the Simca 8 coupe and convertible, built by Facel to a design heavily influenced by Carrozzeria Farina, were followed by the Aronde Plein Ciel coupe and Océane convertible, also built by Facel. In 1961 the new rear-engined 1000 sedan, developed in a partnership with Fiat, was launched. Facel prepared a prototype coupe version however it was rejected by Simca which instead turned to Italy and to Carrozzeria Bertone for the solution.
The Simca 1000 Coupe made its debut at the 1962 Geneva Auto Show. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built by Bertone, it was created shortly after the young stylist had drawn Nuccio Bertone's personal Ferrari 250GT. A number of that car's details and overall form can be seen in the little Simca. A masterpiece of design in a small, rear-engined package, the 1000 Coupe exudes both a sporty elegance and displays a level of design and construction detail quite unexpected for a car in its class. Its price was twice that of the 1000 sedan.
The Motorcar Offered
This Simca 1000 Coupe was delivered new to Mr. D. Fogliati of Meyreuil, France in 1967. Finished in Bleu Louisiane with an orange cloth and vinyl interior, it was registered 3059CP 13 and received its hand-painted plates from a local garage, which are still on the car today. Mr. Fogliati used his little Coupe quite sparingly, and clearly prized his possession. He retained ownership of the Coupe until his death a few years ago, at which time it was sold to a collector in The Netherlands.
After a short period of ownership it passed through a Dutch dealer to an American collector who specializes in original cars, and the Simca was brought to the US in 2011. The current owners, who are also drawn to unrestored cars, such as the Fiat 600 Viotti which won them the FIVA / HVA Most Well Preserved Vehicle Award at the 2012 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley, California, were captivated by the character and condition of the Simca and purchased it in March 2013.
At the time of purchase, the odometer showed fewer than 22,000km from new and today has only covered approximately 300 further kilometers. With the exception of a re-spray of the left rear quarter from a long-ago fender bender which Mr. Fogliati suffered, which is now showing the age and somewhat casual nature of the repair, the exterior paint is almost completely original as is the entire interior - which still boasts Mr. Fogliati's engraved St Christopher's medal.
The vendors worked to enhance the originality of the presentation by re-fitting the original hubcaps to the car, sourcing a correct front fog light unit in Paris to replace one which had been damaged in transport from Europe to the USA, and attending to other small details. The impressive originality of this Franco-Italian sports coupe was recognized at the highest level as it earned it the coveted FIVA / HVA Most Well Preserved Vehicle Award at the 2013 edition of The Quail.
Experiencing this unrepeatable example of charm and style is truly magical. It is as though you have stumbled upon a provincial garage where the prized possession of a caring owner is being offered a few years after first delivery. This Simca 1000 coupe proudly bears the evidence of its use and invites you to imagine and relive relaxing drives down country lanes in an elegant little jewel.