The Simca 936 is a bit of a mystery, and I’m not going to clear up much of that mystery.
It was obviously Simca’s proposal for a Mini competitor. You’ll find it dated on the ever-reliable web as coming from 1963, or 1966 or 1967 which possibly results from Simca toying with idea for a long time. It wasn’t a hatchback, but it was a four door and was to have the Simca 1000 engine mounted transversely with a 3 speed automatic option.
Like most prototypes that are cut off mid development, it shows a mixture of crude and refined detailing. The door handles are rather good in a minimalist sort of way but the dashboard isn’t. Other information is scant, but one source suggests that some of those who worked on the project went on to join Renault. Certainly the curved door frames, C pillar and general rear treatment have definite hints of the Renault 5. Was Michel Boué involved?
Chrysler, showing the typically wobbly grasp of product planning it had in the late 60s, put an end to it in favour of retaining the rear-engined Hillman Imp and Simca 1000. Th0se two models went on far too long and Simca never did get a Mini, or more relevantly by then, Renault 5 competitor. The nearest thing was the 1982 Talbot Samba, based on the Peugeot 104 – too little, too late.