1951 Simca 8 Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 902139

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Lot 205
1951 Simca 8 Sport Cabriolet
Chassis no. 902139

Sold for € 20,700 (US$ 23,490) inc. premium
1951 Simca 8 Sport Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 902139
The Sport version of the Simca 8 was first introduced in 1949. Clothed in beautiful coupé or cabriolet coachwork designed by Pinin Farina and crafted in aluminium by Facel Metallon, the 8 Sport boasted an engine tuned initially for 50bhp, gaining an extra 2bhp when its capacity was increased from 1,100cc to 1,200cc for 1950. Not surprisingly, with such favourable credentials the Simca 8 Sport proved outstandingly successful in competition; Amédée Gordini’s team in particular dominated the 1,100cc class in classic long-distance events of the day, making a lasting impression on the young Jean-Pierre Beltoise, for whom the 8 Sport became one of his three ‘dream cars’, the others being the MG TF and Triumph TR2. Presented in completely original condition, even down to its paintwork and interior, this exceptional Simca 8 Sport is eligible for a wide variety of historic motor sport events. The car is offered with French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique.


La version sport de la Simca 8 fut présentée en 1949, habillée d’une superbe carrosserie coupé ou cabriolet dessinée par l’italien Pinin Farina et fabriquée en aluminium par Facel Metallon. La 8 Sport était équipée d’un moteur préparé, développant initialement 50 ch et gagnant 2 ch. avec une cylindrée qui passe de 1100 cm3 à 1200 cm3 pour la participation à des rallyes longues distances, ce qui contribua à l’époque à l’amour naissant des automobiles, et en particulier de ce modèle, sur le jeune Jean-Pierre Beltoise.

Elle devint un de ses trois rêves automobiles avec la MG TF et la Triumph TR2. Il nous raconte que, chaque matin, en marchant vers le lycée Condorcet, à côté de la gare St Lazare, il passait devant une Simca Sport cabriolet, garée à l’angle du Café de la Paix, en face du célèbre hall d’exposition Citröen Place de l’Opéra. Il ne pouvait s’empêcher de faire le tour de la voiture pour l’admirer et déguster chacun de ses détails. Il s’était juré qu’un jour il en possèderait une. Il faudra qu’il patiente quelques trente cinq ans après pour que Jean-Pierre en trouve une par hasard sur sa route; il l’achète immédiatement! La voiture est aujourd’hui ‘dans son jus’, complètement d’origine, et n’a jamais subi de restauration. Elle sera livrée avec sa carte grise et son contrôle technique
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