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Revell Monogram

Simca 1000 Rallye 2

#81 Spa Francorchamps July 1975

This Revell Monogram car is a model of a 30 year old rallye car. Simca, a now defunct French Manufacturer, had a long series of relative success with various versions of that car until it was abandoned in 1978. See here for details on Simca and the Simca 1000 cars.

The automaker SIMCA was founded in 1934 and at first manufactured Fiat cars under licence. Following the success of the first model in 1951, others quickly followed, including the Simca 1000 Rallye 2, launched at 1972. With 1294 cc and producing 82 hp, the Rallye 2 had the most powerful engine of the entire previous 1000 series. Four crucial factors made the 1000 Rallye 2 a popular and successful racing sports car: The entirely affordable price appealed to a broad clientele; the car was fairly lightweight but boasted a powerful engine that displayed itself in a remarkable acceleration capability. And it was also relatively easy to soup up the engine, with the result that racing success was soon achieved also at international level. The vehicle was frequently regarded as the counterpart to the equally successful NSU TTS which had similar characteristics.


The Revell Monogram rendition of the car is one from the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 1975. Car #81, from racing team Tissot, was driven by Eddie Vartan, Gérard Pires, and Jean Claude Justice. It finished 16th overall and 1st in its class/group. I was unable to find a picture of the actual car in the race but here are good links for that race:
classification, pictures, and more pictures.


The level of details of the car is really very nice as can be observed in the following pictures. The interior tray and details could have been a little better, in particular the dashboard, but still very nice.





Looking at the bottom, you can see the adjustable magnet pocket and the front mounted motor.


Opening the car is achieved by removing four screws.


Very standard gearing, front mounted motor and transmission can be found inside. A nice thing is the bushings for the front axle.



The biggest disappointment was the rear wheels with excessive flashing remaining and tires that were way of round. Both of these were easily fixed. Also the tires have a tendency to easily slip on the wheel and were glued in place.


List of improvements and fixes required for that car:

  • Remove bushing for motor shaft to pinion and glue in place
    • Glue in all four front and rear axle bushings
    • Glue in motor to front and rear mounting tabs
    • True and sand rear wheels until all flashing is eliminated
    • Glue rear tires on wheels
    • True and round rear tires

Additional improvements:
  • For better magnetic traction push the magnet to the rear position
    • Remove the inductors from the motor and solder directly the red and black guide wires to the motor contacts.

Taking the car to the track is a lot of fun: it is small, fast, and nimble. The Revell motor only really starts shining at 14 Volts as it felt a little sluggish at 12V, so crank it up a notch. The car is also very well built and robust/sturdy as a couple of hard crashes left it virtually unscathed.

As was the case in the 70’s this car makes a great running mate for the NSU TT that Revell released a while back.


This is a really nice effort from Revell-Monogram and a high quality car that complements an already rich line of such models by the German manufacturer.