Register now to get rid of these ads!

Hot Rods Ford Flathead-powered Comete Monte Carlo

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cris, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Cris
    Joined: Jan 3, 2005
    Posts: 810

    Cris
    Member
    from Vermont

    Previous threads indicated interest in these: 1955 Simca/Ford Comete Monte Carlo (22cv model.) Late in the production run. Designed by Stabilimenti Farina, assembled by Facel Metallon (some sources quote the panels actually being formed in Italy then shipped to France for assembly.)

    My Dad's getting this one sorted out.
    DSCF5629.jpg
    DSCF5632.jpg
    DSCF5635.jpg
     
    Texas Webb likes this.
  2. That is a cool ride! Any interior or under the hood shots? Thanks!
     
  3. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 3,051

    williebill
    Member

    Beautiful car. Love to see more pics, too
     
  4. Cool car,French flathead?.Like to see more...engine,drivetrain.
     

  5. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,057

    50Fraud
    Member

    I LOVE Cometes, and have wanted one for many years. IMO your dad's deserves more authentic wheels and tires, and the stock stainless piece along the rockers. They may be scarce parts, but they flatter the car's proportions greatly:
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2014
    Nads and lothiandon1940 like this.
  6. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,475

    King ford
    Member
    from 08302

    Cool car, love the color and baby moons!


    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     
    loudbang likes this.
  7. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 4,018

    plym_46
    Member
    from central NY

    SO THE 55 was built by Simca, making the engine a Chrysler flathead V8.
     
  8. daddylama
    Joined: Feb 20, 2002
    Posts: 930

    daddylama
    Member

    oh how i love those cars... that's a beautiful example. wouldn't mind seeing more pics of it (also wouldn't mind seeing it in my garage :) )
     
  9. Cris
    Joined: Jan 3, 2005
    Posts: 810

    Cris
    Member
    from Vermont

    It's a '55 but it's basically a continuation of the Ford run (which ended in/around '54.) It's a French Flathead, not a Chrysler.
    The car will eventually get Borranis (or maybe Halibrands, heh, heh...) but with the exception of tracking down Facel badges (which there are holes on the front quarters for) we aren't returning it to stock trim—possibly some bumperettes, but definitely not the original bumpers.

    There are actually no holes for the trim along the rockers, and no indication that there ever were any. The paint appears very original; it's possible it was resprayed but it's crazed/cracked in areas and ways that are consistent with its overall age.

    Cris DSCF5652.jpg
    DSCF5674.jpg
    DSCF5660.jpg
     
    mgtstumpy likes this.
  10. Beautiful car and interesting history.
     
    HOTRODPRIMER likes this.
  11. Man,that is one beautiful car.

    The 1955 Simca/Ford Comete Monte Carlo's understated simplicity in design is something that will always be a timeless look,as fresh today as it was when it rolled of the showroom floor.

    Thanks for posting. HRP
     
  12. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,057

    50Fraud
    Member

    Borranis would be cool; even Halibrands would be OK. My intention, if I had ever acquired one, was not to do a virginal restoration either. I do think that whitewalls flatter the '50s profile (but are ill-advised with wires or alloys).
    I'd be surprised if it never had side trim; I've never seen one without it, and it does visually lengthen the profile. I think the lack of bumpers makes the side view a little stumpy, but there's nothing outstanding about the design of the stock bumpers.

    I'll be interested to see your final result.
     
  13. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 16,264

    Squablow
    Member

    Very neat car, never saw one in person. The pic from the front with the eggcrate grille looks almost Ferrari-ish.
     
  14. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,285

    The37Kid
    Member

    Always good to see a post from you Cris, great looking car! Is the Speedster finished, Tater running and how is the '32 wagon? Hope to see you and your Dad at Lime Rock. Best wishes, Bob
     
  15. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,611

    Ned Ludd
    Member



    Simca were always something of a corporate football. They started out as a joint venture with Fiat; grew more independent after WWII, to the point of being able to take over Ford SAF and, with it, use of the Ford flathead V8 engine. Ford seems to have acquired a minority interest as part of the deal. Chrysler bought a 15% stake in Simca in 1958, increasing to 77% in 1964, as part of a programme (which also included the purchase of the British Rootes group) to build a European arm to rival Ford Europe and Opel/Vauxhall. This arrangement lasted until the early '80s, hence the association of Simca and Chrysler in many people's minds.

    Chrysler ended up mismanaging their European interests badly. Peugeot eventually took over the nearly worthless remains. It is interesting to speculate what might have resulted had Chrysler done a better job.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simca
     
  16. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,057

    50Fraud
    Member

    There's another one for sale in Bremen, Germany, on Bring A Trailer (or Hemmings). It's an early one -- as is the one in the classifieds -- but has an incomplete Monte Carlo grille in it (no vertical bars). Also not cheap at $42,500.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2014
  17. Cris
    Joined: Jan 3, 2005
    Posts: 810

    Cris
    Member
    from Vermont

    The one in Bremen's grille isn't incomplete, as it's not a Monte Carlo, just a standard Comete. The Comete Monte Carlos had a lot of subtle differences from the normal Cometes; they are overall lower and slimmer and sleeker, there are some trim differences (like the grille,) and the Monte Carlos have a faux hood scoop.

    Cris
     
  18. tobyjuarez
    Joined: Jul 10, 2005
    Posts: 298

    tobyjuarez
    Member

    love this thing... Ive never seen one before. super cool
     
  19. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,057

    50Fraud
    Member

    Laguna Comete.JPG
    This is the car from the HAMB classifieds, and is a typical (and excellent) early Comete. The differences from the MC in the hood and grille are apparent here, but I'm unaware of any other difference in the body shape or stance.
     
    mgtstumpy likes this.
  20. 48stude
    Joined: Jul 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,249

    48stude
    Member

    There was one of these cars for sale at the Canfield ,OH swamp meet this past weekend. I didn't have a camera with me though. Needed a ton of work ,but I really liked the lines of the car . Screamed mild custom to me.
    $4500.00 If I were 15 yrs younger ? I may have brought it home. Bill
     
  21. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,186

    gnichols
    Member
    from Tampa, FL

    I'd have one. Sort of a Marshall Plan mini-Ferrari, IMHO. Gary
     
    48stude likes this.
  22. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,057

    50Fraud
    Member

    If it really was for sale at $4500, that's a screaming deal. Wish I had a shot at that one.
     
  23. 48stude
    Joined: Jul 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,249

    48stude
    Member

    $4500 . No joke. Every time I walked by, there was people checking it out. Needed a ton of work . Bill
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.