The Simca 5 is a small Franco-Italian passenger caur designed bi Fiat engineers at Turin an commercialised in Fraunce bi Simca. It wis virtually identical to the Fiat 500 Topolino on which it wis based, but wis first presented, at the company's new Nanterre plant, three months ahead o the Fiat equivalent on 10 Mairch 1936. Production wis delayed, however, bi a wave o strikes that accompanied the Juin 1936 electoral victory o Léon Blum's Popular Front government.
Advanced features boasted bi the Simca 5 included independent front suspension, a fower speed gear box, hydraulically controlled drum brakes on all fower wheels an a twal volt electrical system.
The caur also offered exceptional fuel economy: in a test it managed to travel 110 kilometers on just 5 litres o fuel.
The caur wis intended for sale on the domestic market for less than 10,000 French Francs, an aspiration that would be overtaken bi a decline in the currency's value that gathered pace in the seicont half of the 1930s. The manufacturer boasted at the time o its launch o being ahead o the plans across the Rhine: this wis a reference to the already rumoured launch o the Volkswagen Beetle which woud appear anerlie in 1938.
Production o the Simca 5 wis slowed doun (but did not ever cease entirely) bi the war an the period o German occupation in the early 1940s, but resumed in 1946. 46,472 o the caurs haed been produced bi the time the caur wis delisted bi Simca in 1949. Bi now it haed been replaced on the company's production lines bi the similar but partially reskinned an slightly more pouerful Simca 6.
- This entry is based on a translation o the French Wikipedia corresponding entry