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SIMCA ARIANE - 1960

Interior.JPG (41571 bytes)The design of the interior was simple. This was the interior of the Super Comfort model that didn't have the adjustable seats. In the Super Luxe models the back of the front seats could be adjusted in angle. The Super Comfort models however had "super comfort" seats with a vinyl upholstery that "impel you to always sit in the ideal position", according to an advertisement.
There was a choice of three color combinations for furnishing the interior: blue, grey and brown.

Dash.JPG (42545 bytes)The dashboard was plain and functional. There was no steering assistance so a big steering wheel was needed. According to Simca the visibility was very good, without blind angles.
The meters were placed in an awkward position: the steering wheel covered most of them; ergonomics weren't very important in those days.  The single speaker of the radio could be placed in the middle of the dashboard.

Engine.JPG (57983 bytes)This is the "Rush Super" engine, a big name for a small engine. It's one of the engine designs that came with the takeover of Ford France. It had four cylinders,  a displacement of 1.3 litre and produced 62 HP at 5200 rpm.
In the Ariane there was actually a choice between two engines: this Rush four cylinder and the V8 from the Vedette. Strangely enough there was not much weight difference between Arianes fitted with four or eight cylinder engines; this meant that Arianes with the four cylinder engine were a bit underpowered. The V8 delivered 84 HP at 4800 rpm and offered a lot more torque. In both cases the engine had to move about 1100 kg of vehicle weight.
When Chrysler took over control in 1963 the Ariane and Vedette models were dropped, including the V8 engine. The more modern Rush Super engine became the standard engine for the new 1300 model range and was built till the early seventies.

With the introduction of the improved Rush Super engine in 1960 Simca wanted to prove its reliability. They chose to run an Ariane fitted with the Rush Super engine for 200,000 km continuously on the Miramas test track in the south of France, and with success. The car ran full distance without major problems with an average speed of 100 km/h. No mean feat when you take into account that the top speed of the car is 120 km/h. The test was controlled and confirmed by the FIA, the international autosport federation.

If you like to know more about the Simca marque and cars you can visit the Gazoline website. This French site is the home of the Simca webring and offers an elaborate collection of links to Simca-related sites and information. The Gazoline pages are in French, but the links are international.

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