Simca was founded in 1934 and initially produced Fiats under licence, this connection to Fiat lasted well into the 60’s. Simca then started to develop their own designs, a series of solid if conservative looking family cars. American Chrysler took control of the company in 1963. First imports of Simca’s arrived in the UK in 1953 and developed a reasonable following. The brand faded away by the late 70’s with the Rootes/Chrysler/Peugeot brand consolidation and the last Simca badged car left the factory in 1981. Matra first arrived in the UK in 1969, by which time they were controlled by Simca/Chrysler. Imports hindered by the early cars still using the LHD layout, the brand ended in 1983 but the factory continued to be used by Renault.

simca_1000_8simca copysimca_1000_6simca_1000_1simca_1000_7simca_1000_3simca_1000_5simca_1000_4simca_1000_1simca_1200simca_1204simca_1100_1simca_1100_7simca_1100simca_1100_6simca_1100_2simca_1100_8simca_aronde_2simca_aronde_1simca_aronde_3simca_arondesimca_arianesimca_ariane_1simca_ariane_2simca_1500matra_bonnetsimca_cgmatra_530lxsimca_bagheera_1matra_bagheeramatra_bagheera_2matra_bagheera_ssimca_bagheeramatra_bagheera_4matra_bagheera_3matra_murena_4matra_murena_1matra_murenamatra_murena_2matra_murena_3