Bring Me Back Somethin’ French: 1957 Simca Aronde

By Matt —  The
Topolino, the Anglia, the Prefect…they’re downright common in the
vintage drag racing world. What the world truly needs are more French
gassers, specifically those that look like 2/3 scale 1952 Bel Air’s. 
Starting by dragging this this otherwise unresurrectable Simca out of
the weeds, you could build the all-motor, leaf spring and live front
axle deathtrap of your dreams for somewhere just North of a grand.  Pick
this 1957 Simca Aronde Type 90A, just ripe for the gassering for $500 via craigslist in Albuquerque, NM.

it from a former Simca owner, every Simca is a nightmare project but in
the most rewarding way possible. Parts are nearly impossible to find
and for the most part, this one hasn’t any left. If it weren’t for a
Facebook group of about 20 patient and helpful people and some folks on
eBay clearing out their recently deceased uncle’s auto parts store
surplus, spares would be utterly unobtainable. But the pitfalls of
ownership don’t really matter at all – the elegant engineering, the
solid build quality, and the style make it completely worth the trouble.
However, if in a case where a car is completely beyond the economics of
repair of restoration, there is only one sensible solution: a Bistro
themed 400 meter beater with a Vedette Ford Flathead, 3-on-the tree, and
Mickey Thompson big ‘n’ littles with “Crusty Draguette” scribed on the
side. Is my fantasy tainting your own vision? Pull up a chair and bring
your better idea to the table!

Aronde came with a few different versions of the Flash Special, a very
average Fiat-based 4 that won’t be the cause of any front wheel lifts.
The lump in this car may or may not turn over but we’re completely
unconcerned about that bit of trivia for this exercise. With a sectioned
beam axle out of an F-100 and some terrifying drag link steering,
you’ll be right well on your way to clearing the oil pan of whatever
small displacement V8 your thrifty and enterprising heart can craigslist

See a better place for a Y-Block and Halibrands?

Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market,
spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them,
and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.