Simca 9

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Simca 9 Sport
1954 Simca 9 Sport Figoni & Falaschi.jpg
Figoni et Falaschi-bodied Simca 9 Sport coupé
Overview
Production1952–1954
Body and chassis
Body style2-door hardtop coupé
2-door convertible (rare)
Powertrain
Engine1221 cc ohv I4
Transmissionfour-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,443 mm (96.2 in)[1]
Length4,150 mm (163.4 in)[1]
Curb weight945 kg (2,083 lb)

The Simca 9 was a French sports car of the mid-1950s built by Simca. It first appeared in June 1952 and was built until 1954. It was a development of the Simca 8, from which it differed by being lengthened a bit (a few centimetres or inches) between the rear edge of the door and the bulge of the rear fender, to provide more interior room. More importantly, the 9 Sport was of a unibody design.[2] This meant that the car was not offered as a convertible, although a small number of 9 Sport convertibles were built, using the chassis of the earlier 8 Sport.[2] The mechanics were the same as for the Simca Aronde, although the engine was upgraded from 45 to 50 CV (33 to 37 kW).[1]

Its running gear was similar to that of the Simca 8 Sport, with the same iteration of the engine, benefitting from a higher compression ratio. The car was built by Facel-Métallon in Colombes. In September 1952, the 1953 Simca 9 Sport featured all-new bodywork, curvier and with more glazing. Again, it featured steel bodywork of Facel's manufacture, and, again, it was heavier and thus no faster than the Aronde sedan on which the expensive Sport was based.[3] A single convertible prototype was built.[3] For model year 1954 the only difference was redesigned hubcaps with a stylized "S". The 9 Sport name was then retired as of September 1954.[4] For 1955 the car was renamed the Simca Coupé de Ville (with the same bodywork), with full equipment and downplaying the "sport" aspect.

1955 Simca Coupé de Ville, with the Facel bodywork as used since late 1952.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Biscaretti di Ruffia, Carlo (1952-11-25), Auto 1953, Venice, Italy: Alfieri Editore, p. 173
  2. ^ a b Jean-Jacques (2002-09-01). "Simca 8 & 9 Sport: 1952: Année de transition" [1952: a year of change]. Simca by Facel (in French).
  3. ^ a b Jean-Jacques (2002-09-01). "Simca 8 & 9 Sport: 1953: Nouvelle ligne" [1953: a new line]. Simca by Facel (in French).
  4. ^ Jean-Jacques (2002-09-01). "Simca 8 & 9 Sport: 1954: Rideau sur la 9 Sport" [1954: curtains for the 9 Sport]. Simca by Facel (in French).