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It is always difficult to replace a successful car, but Simca did well with the 1300 and 1500, which both appeared in 1963 to take over from the Aronde.
The 1300 used the Aronde Rush engine, while the 1500 had a new 1475cc unit. Both models
shared a new elegant body shell with a very large glass area, which was one of the most
distinguishing features of the cars. Apart from the engine and trim levels, differences
between the two models were confined to radiator grille and bumpers.
Both models were imported into the UK from an early date and the British motoring
press were very impressed, at a time when they tended to be highly critical of European
designs. The only aspect which drew criticism was the gear change mechanism. Continental
European 1300/1500 models were fitted with column change, but for the UK a floor mounted
change was standard. The conversion resulted in a mirror image gear change, with 3rd and
4th on the left of the gate, and 1st and 2nd on the right. The testers found this took a
bit of getting used to, but no doubt owners mastered it in time.
In 1964 an estate version of the 1500 was introduced. Again a very elegant vehicle
, it had a useful split folding tailgate, while the spare wheel cover in the floor could
be lifted out to form a folding picnic table. Late 1965 saw the introduction of a 1300
estate (not imported into the UK) and the 1500 GLA, a car with the Borg Warner automatic
gearbox. UK cars for the 1966 model year had a conventional gear change. The 1300/1500
design was face lifted in mid 1966 to produce the 1301/1501, which were made until the
1300s and 1500s are very rare in the UK, with just two 1500s known in the Club,
both in need of restoration. A good number of examples remain in France and they seem to
have a keen following in Germany.
For spares availability click on the 1301/1501 photo.
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