Fiat introduced its new Fiat 1100 in 1937, known as the Fiat 508 C with 1,089cc 4-cylinder ohv engine. The car came with independent front suspension and standard body was a 4-door pillarless berline. Simca had been set up in France by Fiat under Henri Theodore Pigozzi and the first product was the Fiat 508 C as the Simca 8. Simca only offered the Berline and a 2-door cabriolet until after World War Two when a coupe and and an estate were produced. From 1949 the Simca 8 is produced with the Fiat 1,221cc engine and new models are produced after the agreement with Fiat expires; Model 515: 4-door sedan, 516: 4-seater cabriolet, 517: 2-seater Coupe, 530: Camionette, 532: 3-door Commerciale, 561: Camionette 500kg. In addition, Pigozzi catches sight of a Fiat 1100 Sport with a body by Pininfarina and he has a prototype Simca 8 Sport built and shown at the 1948 Paris Salon. Facel-Metallon are contracted to produce this until 1952. The Simca 8 is replaced by the Simca 9 Aronde in 1951.
Simca 8 Model 515 4-door sedan 1951 front
Simca 8 Model 515 4-door sedan 1951. From 1949 the Simca 8 is produced with the Fiat 1,221cc engine
Simca 8 Model 515 4-door sedan 1951 rear
Simca 8 Model 515 4-door sedan 1951. The pillarless berline, Model 515, was one of 6 bodies produced in France by Simca; more choice than for Fiats
Simca 8 Model 515 4-door sedan 1951 side
Simca 8 Model 515 4-door sedan 1951. Originally designed as the Fiat 508 C Balilla, it was unusual in having a 4-door pillarless berline body with suicide rear doors to give an unrestricted opening
Simca 8 Sport front
Simca 8 Sport. The Simca 8 shared its chassis with the Fiat, so it was easy to create the Simca 8 Sport. Simca did not have capacity to build an aluminium sports car and thus commissioned Facel Metallon to produce both cabriolet and coupe versions beginning in 1950.