1950 Simca 8 Coupe
In late September of 2015 I became interested in the 1950 Simca 8 Sport Coupé, a fully restored example which my friend Alex V. had imported from Holland few months ago, previously owned and lovingly restored by Gerard & Jeanethe Meckelenkamp.

Excitement mounted when few days later I drove down in the GLK to Glyfada accompanied by my friend-mechanic Makis (who undertook the mechanical restoration project of our 1957 Lancia Aurelia GT B20S), to take delivery and assume the new ownership! I saw again the Simca (Société Industrielle de Mécanique et Carrosserie Automobile) but this time from a different perspective. I was wondering if she was an easy starter or not. If she had any mechanical issues which would unexpectedly surface during my inaugural 20 plus kilometers drive from Alex’s home to my Garage. If she was a smoker, if she suffered from excessive brake fade, and other such concerns which accompany a new classic car acquisition of some 65 years of age…

Alex started the little Coupé on the button (a good omen), drove out of the Garage and parked her on the street for further scrutiny. The initiation procedure included an explanation of the switches, handing over of the thick Dossiers and paperwork which accompany this elegantly sculpted classic by Battista Pininfarina along the cues of his famous 1947 Cisitalia 202 with which the Museum of Modern Art in New York were so impressed that in 1951, they named the Cisitalia one of the ten great automotive designs of all time, putting the car on display. ☝️

Further fascinating fact, the little Simca 8 Sport was coach-built by Facel-Vega. An interesting trivia pertaining to Facel (Forges et Ateliers des Constructions d’Eure-et-Loir) is that its founder Jean Daninos was a Greek-French individual. My drive back to the north of Athens was uneventful aside from a refueling stop on the way.
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