She's So Fine, My 2351cc! Simca Chambord Alert!

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I've forgotten my dream of owning a Harlequin Trabant with air horns, because I have found something even better Over There, in the land where our heroic doughboys braved mustard gas and Minenwerfers to fight the Kaiser: a 1959 Simca Chambord. The evolution of the Vedette R gence, the body of the '59 Chambord showed the influence of its Chrysler cousins; best of all, it sported a 2.4 liter V8 under the hood. That's no typo, folks- a 2.4 liter V8! Imagine what that thing would sound like with Cherry Bombs! Current bid price is only 1,580 Euros.



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I was surprised to see a flathead under the hood - turns out the Simca V8 is a continuation of the flathead Ford, by way of Simca's buyout of Talbot. The larger flathead B8 was used by French military trucks into the 80s.

In a bizarre presage to the current state of affairs of Chrysler and Ford, various acquisitions meant that Chrysler built Ford-designed flathead V8s in 1970s Brazil, including a Hemi variant. Vive la melange!……