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On a lazy Sunday afternoon…

On a lazy Sunday afternoon…
Last weekend was long thanks to Ascension Day and, boy, was it hot over here. While major events took place in Italy (the Concorso d’Eleganzas at Villa d’Este and Villa Erba), France (La Vie en Blue) and the UK (classic racing at Loton Park and Brands Hatch; classic jumbling at the Enfield Pageant of Motoring), we saw nothing of all that. Instead, we settled down in our own garden, pulled out the baby pool, the barbeque and the bottles of chilled wine and loved every minute of it.

Was that all? Okay, it wasn’t. We had a little meet up with a man who showed his pristine Simca 1006 SR of 1977-vintage. Now, we’ve always had a soft spot for bread and butter vehicles, which could be seen anywhere at some time. This while they are now a rare sight due to their uncollectibility and rust in particular. Chances to bump into XKs, Big Healeys and TRs are pretty high around here. But a humble Simca of the seventies…?

The one of our pal Andre has to be one of the best. This is a truly lovely car. We had a drive along the villages and I fell in love with the simplicity and huge fun factor this little French rascal offers. Children loved it too, or so it seemed. Andre owns in since 1982 but only finished its major restoration last year. He didn’t take half measures. In order to get all things right, get the exact same size bolts and the right wires in the right order through the right holes in the body, he bought a donor car. Apart from being very original, this was another 1006 in a very sad state. See it behind? We simply could not resist taking a picture of the donor with the acceptor next to each other on this lazy sunny afternoon.

(Words and picture Jeroen Booij)

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