1955 Simca 9 Coupe De Ville

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Highlights

  • Very rare Coupe De Ville
  • Previously part of Simca Museum in Martinique
  • Recent €1,400 mechanical work 
  • Designed and built by Facel largely by hand 
  • Tidy and complete car with scope to improve 

The Appeal 

The market for Simca’s new 9 Sport two seater coupe was never going to be vast. But that didn’t deter the firm. Together with Jean Daninos at Facel they designed a car that was both highly detailed and beautiful. 
Each one was hand-crafted in aluminium and steel with advanced unibody construction. The result was a car that cost three times that of the Simca Aronde Quotidienne and more than a Porsche 356. Sales were inevitably slow. 
From 1955 Simca began using the name Coupe De Ville, which was a more comfortable fit for a car that was less sports car than a celebration of comfort and design. 
The 9 is a paean to the lost art of letting car designers and engineers run free. The result is obvious from the photographs: a beautiful car with lovely details inside and out. 
This 1955 Coupe De Ville has spent time as part of the Simca Museum in Martinique where the current keeper acquired it. He has since spent €1,400 on a mechanical refresh and it is said to start and run well. The exterior and interior are very presentable and certainly usable, but there is scope to improve. 
These cars rarely come to market because owners tend to want to keep them. Few of those that do have the provenance of this one. 

 
 

The History and Paperwork

  • 1955 Coupe De Ville 
  • 26,855 kms on odometer which the vendor tells us is genuine
  • Acquired by the seller from the Simca Museum in Martinique
  • Some service and maintenance work undertaken in June 2017
  • Further work completed in December 2023 costing €1,400
  • Very rare car with later Coupe De Ville improvements 
  • The 9 was built by Facel and believed to have been designed by boss Jean Daninos 

 
 

The Condition

  • Beautiful pillarless design in aluminium and steel with great detailing inside and out 
  • Dark blue paintwork in good order with some light but not unsightly marks 
  • These include a scratch on a door and shallow boot dent 
  • Bodywork presents well with some microblistering and light bubbling visible 
  • Sits on steel wheels with pretty chrome hub caps and matching spare in boot 
  • Structure appears in good order with solid boot floor and underside 
  • Vendor advises that the bumpers have been rechromed 
  • Bumpers in good order and remaining chromework presents well with some tarnishing
  • Velour interior in complete and generally well kept condition 
  • There are signs of age inside including fading to seats and carpets
  • Some wear visible to seat surfaces and carpets but serviceable 
  • Vendor advises that the interior would benefit from an overhaul but it could be used as is
  • Interior fittings including dashboard and chrome switchgear very well kept 
  • Bespoke Jaeger oval dials in good ordering showing light patina of originality 
  • Beautiful chrome two spoke wheel in very good condition and a highlight of the cabin 
  • Two seater layout with large front bench-style individual seats and large rear stowage area
 
 

The Mechanics 

  • 1,221cc Simca 45bhp 4cyl engine 
  • 4spd manual gearbox 
  • We are told the car has been regularly maintained 
  • Previously serviced and maintained by the Simca Museum 
  • Solex carburettor system 
  • Some maintenance work undertaken in June 2017 
  • Further extensive work in December 2023
  • We are told the car starts first time and runs well 

 

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Auction Details
  • Year 1955
  • Make Simca
  • Model 9
  • Colour Dark blue
  • Mileage 26,855 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1221
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Lohéac
  • Country France
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