Concepts and prototypes : Projet 929
After launching the ultra-successful SIMCA 1100, the French knuckled down to producing a new big car. It was christened Projet 929.
Following Chrysler’s takeover of SIMCA, it was decided that either Projet 929 or Whitley’s C Car project would become Chrysler Europe’s definitive large car. In the end, Chrysler’s management decided that the British effort was the preferable option and so, cancelled Projet 929. However, the engineering of C Car was taken over by the French, which alienated Rootes engineers anyway. SIMCA engineers had also been alienated by the cancellation of Projet 929 in the first place…
Projet 929 Styling proposals
Pictures kindly suppled by Roy Axe.