The fate of extinct marques is that fewer and fewer people care to cherish the name and burnish the heritage.
It depends entirely on the interest in classics magazines, the numbers made, how far back in time since the marque died and the numbers of cars made whether the cars stay in the broader motoring mind. All of this is a preamble to the fact I know even less about Simca than you do and this one is the first I have seen in the metal since last year at the same place and event.
Taking a look at the Simca with fresh eyes I see a neatly detailed, compact saloon which may or may not have inspired Marc Newson’s 021C car (1999). The dashboard has been fashioned in 60’s high-modern and when I think of some of Citroen’s 70s IPs and also some of their new ones I can see some vague resonances. But can you, dear readers? Another vehicle I have linked to the 021C is the little Lancia Aprilia. Perhaps Marc Newson simply channelled the same source of inspiration as the Simca and Lancia designers: a passenger cell with the minimum of space allocated to the bonnet and boot. Dial in some sharp angles for the profile and the result will have quite classic small-car proportions. The devil is in the details and the three cars differ markedly on that score.
The story of the Simca 1000 is convoluted. What I recall is that Simca and Fiat had a friendly relationship in the 50s and Fiat invited Simca to develop a Fiat proposal as their own. Another version of the story can be found here at speeddoctor, along with some nice illustrations. The bit I can add is this almost acceptable photo of the dashboard:
In the last twenty years we have seen the Beetle, Mini and 500 revived. We are still waiting for Citroen and Renault to exhume their 2CV and 4 respectively. I wonder if Simca had still been around whether this car would also have been a ripe candidate for the retro treatment? Or is it simply a 60s small saloon with what was then a non-controversial engine placement?