Franco-Italian delight

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Franco-Italian delight

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:00 pm

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Abarth created a 1137 cc motor from the humble 944 cc five bearing crank, crossflow head pushrod Simca 1000 engine calling it the Simca Abarth 1150 ... my version of a "tuner" 944.... now at 972 cc, ! ..... ready for an 80 mile drive to the Limerock Park Historic Racing Festival 36 ... and the Sunday in the Park Concours, which we were pleased to be invited back again .... ! Join us for a long holiday week end of vintage racing at its best And a special shout to Chris F... making the groovy Fiat steelies and hub caps possible !
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week end of vintage racing at its best
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Re: Franco-Italian delight

Post by friedman » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:37 am

I must admit, when I first heard you wanted to remove the Cosmics and get stock looking wheels and dog dishes I was not convinced that was a good move but after looking at your pics, you pulled it off, nice job.
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Re: Franco-Italian delight

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:44 am

Glad ya like it Carl !........ The Simca caps are really nothing to get excited about ... the Fiat caps are seem an improvement , just a bit of bling
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Re: Franco-Italian delight

Post by fp55scca » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:42 am

--Beautiful JD! .... you've done a fantastic job on that. Some pics from the event would be greatly appreciated! Safe trip!
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Re: Franco-Italian delight

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:00 am

will do Jim. Thanks for the encouragement ..... it is a sweet driving machine, took some getting used to the low power ... but with the new engine packing at least 10 more HP from stock 52 .... look out mamma ..lol ,....
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Re: Franco-Italian delight

Post by fumi » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:32 pm

Glad to see those steel wheels and hubcaps put to good use. The car looks fantastic!
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Re: Franco-Italian delight

Post by rridge » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:22 pm

I remember looking a Simca Bertone coupe in 1971 at Drexel Motors, a independent Simca dealer outside Philadelphia. A used coupe had just arrived from Belgium and was sitting in the show room. It was already spoken for. I asked when there would be another, not realizing that Chrysler was in the midst of pulling the plug on Simca in the U.S.

The case can be made that the 850 coupe was a better design since it looked equally good from most angles and sat two adults in the rear. But people who buy small coupes are not concerned about rear accommodations. I left with a 1204 instead.
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Re: Franco-Italian delight

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Re: Franco-Italian delight

Post by friedman » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:06 am

Thanks for the photos, absolutely stunning, even the old gray beard looks half OK.
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