Like so many other SUV models, the history of the Simca 1000 Rallye 2 began with the simple Simca 1000 and later the 1969 Simca 1000 Spécial. classes reserved for the smallest displacement. Responding to the market, in 1970, the manufacturer introduced the Simca 1000 Rallye, equipped with a small 1,118 c.c. engine. and 53 CV.

In September 1972, Simca was back in charge, introducing the 1000 Rallye 2. The four-cylinder engine saw the engine capacity increase to 1,294 bpm, giving it a power output of 82 hp thanks to the use of two twin carburetors. Weighing a scant 860 kilograms, the Rally 2 reached 162 km / h top speed.

Owner of an enviable record in the national speed scene, the Simca 1000 Rallye 2 of Museu do Caramulo began his sports career in 1975, at the hands of Santinho Mendes, in the Rampa da Pena, where he won a third place in the class and, in the Estoril, with a first place in the class. That year, the car was driven by Jerónimo de Lacerda, who competed on 27 July 1975 at Estoril, where he gave up with a puncture and, a month later, on 31 August 1975, at the Vila do Conde circuit. , where he won first place in the class, one of his greatest achievements.

Excited by the capabilities of little Simca, the Caramulo driver sent him to France to be prepared at the Simca Racing Team facility in Lille. Still fresh from the trip and already with 86 hp in the engine, Simca was entered in the Estoril race, but Lacerda would be replaced by health problems behind the wheel by João Nabais. The result of the preparation was the conquest of a third place in the class.

After the death of Jerónimo de Lacerda, his friend and well-known driver of the 70's, Edgar Fortes, borrows the Simca 1000 Rallye 2 from the new owner, António Adão, and wins first two places on the Pena and Foia ramps in 1978. The 1978 season would end with António Adão at the wheel of Rallye 2 at the Estoril Circuit, 500 Km Estoril, Falperra Ramp and Serra da Estrela Awards, in which he won two fourth places (in the first and third races), having given up on the rest. Already without the competitive rigor that had previously enjoyed, the car went through the hands of Veloso Amaral, who with him made the 1982 and 1983 seasons, competing events such as the Vila do Conde Circuit, Rally Portugal, Grão-Pará Estoril Circuit and Rampa da Pena (even winning first place in the class at the VI Ramp of Portalegre, played in June 1983), and Alberto Gonçalves who, with him, played two races in 1985.

After many years out of the competition, the Simca 1000 Rallye 2 returned to Caramulo, where it was completely restored by João de Lacerda, son of Jerónimo de Lacerda, who restored the little Simca to its original shape, including the decoration that had been used in the victory. conquered by his father in the Vila do Conde Circuit, in 1975.

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