Thursday, 6 September 2012

VINTAGE CARS – Espana 2012

In contributing the development of the Spanish auto-mobile industry, Espana Post issued a four stamps souvenir sheet feature the Vintage Cars on May 30, 2012. The Vintage Cars were depicted are the Citroën C-11, the Renault Dauphini, the SEAT 600, and The Simca 1000.
In 1934 the Citroën C-11, a new model of car, was staged at the Paris Motor Show, and together with the Citroën C-7 incorporated for the first time the Traction Avant, or front-wheel drive.
It was considered a very advanced vehicle at the time  wherein the chassis and the body itself were an inseparable unit. In July 1957 production of this model ended. In 1957 the French brand settled in Spain under the name Citroén Hispania.
In 1956 the Renault Dauphini was presented with great magnificence in European countries achieving immediate success.
It was sleek and spacious, with four doors and specially designed for family use. It had a rear engine and could reach up to 117 km per hour but it was reputed for its lack of stability.
From 1958 to 1967 over 125,000 units were manufactured in the FASA-Renault plant in Valladolid (Spain) in the three existing versions: Dauphini, Ondine and Gordini.
The most popular car in the 60s was without doubt the SEAT 600, a small car that was a milestone in the automobile history of Spain.

The SEAT 600 as it was also known, was the beginning of mass motorization and a symbol of freedom. Designed for the rising middle class its manufacture began in June 1957 and ended in 1973. It had two doors, a rear-wheel drive  and a new modification to the cooling  system (provided the fan belt system) . Spain produced a total of 799,419 units.
The Simca 1000 was presented in Paris in 1961.
Its design was based on the prevailing style at the time: with a rear engine and a rear-wheel drive, four doors and four seats and allowing for five passengers. The exterior had balanced proportions, resembling a small sedan with three bodies and was very appealing to the general public.
The business strategy was focused on the family market of the mid -60s and early 70s. In Spain it was manufactured by the Barreiros company in their Villaverde factory were 205,429 units were made. (Sources: Espana Post Bulletin)

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