Before Rik describes his beautiful Simca 1301 Special, he first wants to go back in time to express his appreciation for Simca. As so often in hobby life, the interest arose because of the car love of his father, who in this case took over a Simca Aronde P60 from his colleague at Philips.
By: Dirk de Jong
To give shape to the memory of his father, he has a Simca Aronde Elysée in his garage next to this Simca 1301 Special. But there is more: His collection also consists of many models such as the Simca 1000, the 1100, 1301, 1501 series and of course the well-known brochures that are increasing in value every year. And do you wonder why there are also trains in his Simca photos? That is quickly explained: This hobby also 'spurs' him to spend a lot of time on it.
Rik: “I bought this Simca in 2011 from a son of a garage in Lemmer. Its history is not easy to trace, but what is known is that it has had many owners throughout the country. For me it is still a family car with beneficial comfort, a car with allure. ”
Lots of extras
The Simca has a powerful and smooth 67 hp motor, which is designed for high speeds, but also for driving quietly. It has many extras. such as a tasteful carpet, comfortable (sleeping) seats and halogen spotlights recessed in the front, which gives it an attractive appearance. Normal today, but around the 60s / 70s there was also an electric cigarette lighter, two speeds on the windshield wiper and a rev counter.
Rik is convinced that his Simca 1301 Special is still a mobile advertisement for the brand. “We show a piece of automotive history when we are on the road for short rides or club gatherings.” In the Simca Club, of which he is a member, there are still many experts who can give advice on proper maintenance and solutions for technical problems.
Lost Simca brand
Simca is unfortunately one of the disappeared brands in the car world. Many used to find their way to the Simca dealer. They offered a very extensive range of models. Rik and his wife IJtje, together with other enthusiasts in the club, 'revive' the past. Isn't driving Simca always a party?