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- Monica was a brand of luxury cars created in France in the 1970s by Jean Tastevin, a French industrialist whose wife's name was Monica. 1973 - 1974
Monica was the last attempt (after Facel Vega) to create a luxury brand in France. Its only French competitor was the Citroën SM Opéra, the sedan which was built by Chapron.
... Although intended to be built in France, design, development and prototype building was entrusted to Chris Lawrence at C.J. Lawrence Consultants of Hammersmith, London, England. The 4-door, 4-seat saloon featured a De Dion rear suspension.
The earliest prototype Monicas were powered by a Ted Martin designed 3.4l V8 engine but later prototypes and the production model were equipped with a Chrysler 5.6 l (340 in³) V8 engine. Advertised transmission options were the Chrysler Torqueflite system or a ZF 5-speed manual gear box.
The Monica 560 was presented at the Salon de Paris 1972 and production began in 1973 at a facility located in Balbigny, Loire. Only 8 production cars (as well as 22 prototypes) were completed before the factory closed in 1974, a victim of the 1973 oil crisis.
A plan by Panther Westwinds to resume production in England was announced in March 1975 but never implemented. More
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- Simpson Design ABOUT JIM
Interested from birth in anything with wheels, Jim developed a love of mechanical devices that became a lifetime love affair with automobiles and their designs. As a young boy in Houston, Texas, he started drawing cars and went on to a GM sponsored mechanics program, a formal 3-year apprenticeship in European... cars and a further 2-year Ferrari apprenticeship. He has had his own business restoring and repairing sports cars since 1975.
Jim started Simpson Design in 1978 to do design work and build custom sports cars. His work has caught the eye of other noted designers such as Pete Brock. One of his creations, the Blue Ray 3, a concept car built on a preproduction second generation Mazda 929 prototype chassis, represented Nardi at their 60th anniversary at the Concourso Italiano during the 1992 Monterey Pebble Beach weekend. Stemming from his association with Mazda executives, his designs on Miata platforms have been featured in the Mazda booth at the Laguna Seca Historic races.
Jim's vision has always been to create high quality designs and produce them as reliable, drivable cars.
ABOUT SIMPSON DESIGN
Simpson Design specializes in designing and producing unique experiences for the discerning driver. We've been in business since 1978, first in Houston, Texas, now here in the Pacific Northwest.
Most car companies save their truly innovative designs for concept cars seen only at trade shows. Here at Simpson Design, we create drivable concept cars on reliable platforms like the Mazda Miata, with readily available parts and maintenance that won't break the bank. Ours are concept cars that spend more time on the road and less in the garage. If you're driving one, you won't need to pick it out in a parking lot. In fact, chances are you may never see another one on the road.
For questions or more information:
Contact Jim Simpson
M-F 9am-5pm PST
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2152 Post Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
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