A Century of Cars: 49. Solido 1958 Simca Chambord Presidence
The Simca Vedette is a large car,
manufactured from 1954 to 1961 by the French automaker Simca, at
their factory in Poissy, France. It was marketed with different
model names according to trim and equipment levels. The Vedette was
Simca's largest model at that time and it spawned a more economical
version, the Simca Ariane.
Simca acquired the Poissy factory from Ford France (Ford Société Anonyme Française, the French subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company), along with the model line, in 1954. The Vedette was therefore initially still marketed as the Ford Vedette.
The Vedette was manufactured in Poissy until 1961 and the Ariane until 1963. After that, production continued in Brazil, where the Vedette finally evolved into the Simca Esplanada, following Simca's takeover by Chrysler.