Simca Ariane

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Simca Ariane
Simca Ariane
ManufacturerSimca
Production1957–1963
ClassLarge family car
Body style(s)4-door saloon
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)1.3 L Flash I4
2.4 L Aquillon V8
RelatedFord Vedette
Simca Vedette
Chrysler Esplanada

The Simca Ariane was a large saloon car manufactured from 1957 to 1963 by the French automaker Simca in the factory in Poissy. The Ariane was created by fitting the body of the former first-generation Simca Vedette with a 1.3 L Flash four cylinder engine from the much smaller Simca Aronde - a combination focused on economy rather than speedy acceleration. Presented in April 1957, the Ariane filled the gap between Aronde and Vedette. In October of the same year, the Ariane 8 was presented - a version powered by the same Aquillon 2.4 L eight-cylinder unit that powered the Vedette. The Ariane 8 effectively replaced the former Simca Trianon, which was a bottom-of-the-range Vedette, as the latter was moved upmarket. The Ariane was manufactured until 1963, with 166,363 produced.[1][2]

File:Simca ariane back.jpg
Simca Ariane, rear view

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References

  1. Bellu, René. Toutes les Simca. Le Conquet: Studio Gernot.  (published and distributed privately, no ISBN)
  2. "SIMCA VEDETTE and SIMCA ARIANE". Simca Talbot Information Centre – Simca Club UK. http://www.simcatalbotclub.org/vedette.htm. Retrieved on 2006-08-12.