This morning I met Hugo at the Aldi. We were talking about cars. And Hugo said he wanted to have a Simca 1100 again. He had had one he wanted to do. But every time when cleaning the garage floor, another piece of crumbled Simca had been swept up. Simca 1100s. You saw them a lot. They were beautiful cars. And they rusted ...
2.000.000 Simca 1100s
More than 1967 copies were made between 1985 and 2.000.000. And the striped 'LX' was marketed as 'the beautiful Elix'. The Simca was a front-wheel drive with a transverse engine and independent suspension with torsion bar suspension. The cylinder capacity was 944, 1118, 1204 or 1294 cc. And there was a Norev model of plastic that did not rust. The Simca 1100 was a pleasant, inexpensive family car.
The Simca 1100 was once a top seller on the Dutch car market. This was due to the price, the space that the interior offered and the wide range of models.
Spacious and comfortable
The Simca's were not only spacious, but also comfortable. But luckily the suspension was not as soft and soaked as French butter. The controls were light, but direct. The gearbox shifted slightly, but somewhat indirectly.
In the meantime, the 1100, like almost all cars in the 'cheap' segment from the seventies, has disappeared. There was hardly any rust protection done by Simca (and let's not forget: most other car brands from that time). If such a car had lived for ten years, it would usually be nearly dead. Technically, the synchromesh rings in the tank were a weak point. Due to a poor oil supply in the valve train, the engine sounded "like a bucket of nails". But that did not detract much from the reliability and service life.
A wide range of models
In order not to lose the overview in the then offer, we give the following reminder: The LE, LX, GLS and ES are motorically identical. They all have the same 1118 cc engine that delivers 58 DIN horsepower at 6000 rpm. The compression ratio is 9,6: 1 (unleaded) and the Simca's are on 145 SR 13 rubbers. In the Tourist version, the Simca's 155 SR have 13 tires. The 1100 Special and the 1100 TI have 1294 cc blocks (like those in the Simca Rallye 1 and 2). The Special has 75 hp. The Special Tourist has 82 hp.
They are still there
Simca 1100s, good Simca 1100s are still there. But they usually still live in France. Copies from that region can still be quite 'hard'. But often they are very worn out. Just say: 'driven up'.
If we are already talking about 'value', the Simca 1100 TI is the most valuable Simca 1100. In practice, think of prices between the 500-5.000 euro. But on average we found reasonable to good specimens in France (and Morocco) for around 1.500 euros.
Little to offer
Here in the Netherlands there is a provider who regularly offers perfect French classics. But the prices that that company - Garage de l'Est - charges are in accordance with the quality, and not with any market value. And that creates a field of tension. Although with the perfect purchase you continue to enjoy the quality and the lack of 'post-purchase investment' while forgetting the price.