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1966 Simca Esplanada

1966 Simca Esplanada in Roberto Carlos em Ritmo de Aventura, Movie, 1968 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: BR

1966 Simca Esplanada

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Alessandro58 CH

2010-12-01 14:12

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Lateef NO

2010-12-01 14:22

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Never heard of this one. Looks nice.. first one it seems :king:

1966-69.

DynaMike NL

2010-12-01 14:40

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Nice! Technically still based on the Simca Vedette Chambord with the Ford V8 engine. Later these Esplenadas were sold as Chrysler, but I guess in 1966 they were still called Simca, indeed.

Raul1983 FI

2010-12-01 14:52

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Very nice! First time I hear about this model.

carsbrazilian BR

2010-12-01 17:53

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the origen of this car is a Brazilian non-French

antp BE

2010-12-02 11:04

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Indeed, it must not have much in common with the Vedette...

Bob Dieck BR

2010-12-15 18:32

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Simca Esplanada was based in French Simca Chambord. The engine Aquillon (side valves, flat head) was very unadequate to Brazilian climate and was improved several times, but the car was never a success.

In 1965, Simca 'developed'an overhead valves engine (actually Simca bought American kits already developed, but nobody knew at the time) and presented Simca Chambord with Emi-Sul engines.

The Esplanada was a second generation to the Chambord Emi-Sul, with a single face lift at front and rear ends. Doors and windows remained the same.

When Chrysler bought Simca in 67 or 68, they changed the headlights (double, vertical, like American market Mercedes-Benz)and keep Esplanada and Regente ( a simpler model) in production, until they got Dodge Dart ready to sell, I guess 69-70 models.

-- Last edit: 2010-12-15 18:34:44

njsimca US

2011-06-24 04:08

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The Simca Vedette production ceased at Poissy in France in early 1961 but continued in Brazil until 1966. The original Aquilon V8 was used and the flathead was eventually replaced by overhead valves. Size and power were increased, first to 102hp, and eventually to 140hp. When Chrysler took control in 1967, power was decreased to 130hp, for durabilities sake.
The Brazilian Chambord was lightly restyled in 1964, mostly to the squared off rear roofline. In 1967, the Simca Esplanada was introduced with a major restyling that made the car look all new!
Variants included the Rallye and the Jangada station wagon, and the high-performance Tufao and the budget-minded Profisional and Alvarado models. The Chambord was the largest, most luxurious car made in Brazil and was far more successful than it's closest competitors from Ford and Willys. http://flic.kr/s/aHsj69omQq
The Brazilian Simca Chambord was completely restyled for 1967 and was named Esplanada. A lower spec Regent was also offered. There was no Presidence nor station wagon models.
The front and rear sheet metal was all new and modern. The roof, doors and trunk were carried over from the Chambord. Engines were now producing upwards of 140hp, but when Chrysler took control in 1968, power was reduced to 130hp. 1969 models included the sporty GTX. All cars were now labeled "built by Chrysler" and offered a two-year warranty.
In 1969, Chrysler ceased production to make way for the Brazilian Dodge Dart. http://flic.kr/s/aHsj62QySe
Best Regards,
Matt Cotton
Lake Parsippany, NJ

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