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    Simca plant Moorabin 1958-28167227_1668149766598581_7199719888935002925_n.jpg


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    thought i recognised the photo above which turned up tonight in the HAMB 'Vintage Shots ...' thread
    so went looking and found a lot more than expected ... afaik this is where 203s had earlier been assembled - could this jog any memories?
    note Alta ( outside Molina's Church St? ) earlier in this interesting collection of mostly aerial and industrial photography otherwise.
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    Note the grinding marks in the bare Steel/Metal.

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    i had thought lead loading, but this guy does seem to have a power tool:
    https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/2087750
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    Both those workers have welding goggles on and gloves ,posible spot welding the body together while its held in the jig ,also there are coiled up strips of metal underneath like someones been trimming panels with snips ,couple of sheets of sandpaper there also ,pugs ps they look like fitters streamlining the production process ,notice the hand holding the light just in frame top right ,,id say the bodies are lifted from station to station by an overhead crane, some welding going on at the car in front

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    Are we sure this is Moorabbin?

    Some of those photos show Peugeots 403 and 404, plus Citroen DS and NSU Prinz being assembled - Wasn't that at Continental and General in Heidelberg?

    There was even a row of NSU sport Prinz - didn't even know they were assembled here. Anybody ever seem one?

    Also the Prinz shown with number plates HGB111 is a Prinz II (you can tell by the front blinkers) and they came out in Europe in 1959.

    I suspect these series of photos are not all of the Simca plant, but some are of C&G and some time later than 1958. When was the changeover period in Aussie assembly of 403 and 404?

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    We are not at all sure and the Museum has been notified.
    See discussion on cit and pug threads for more ...


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    After having another look at the pics, I'm backdating my initial "circa 1963" thoughts from the other thread - even that there may be two sets of (Heidelberg) pics from different times. Given that the pics feature 1960 model year 403s, and another later set (with the Citroens and NSUs) featuring 1961 model year 403's. The Citroen Parisienne was introduced later 1961, with the Australian 404 commencing in later 1962.

    The A1 NSU Prinz (the category winning car from the 1960 Armstrong 500) is also accompanied by 1961 model year 403s.
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    Simca plant Moorabin 1958-moorabbin-production-1958.jpg


    No. 1? NSU Sport Prinz, continued until 1967, a lovely little car: https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/re...u/sport-prinz/

    2. An ordinary Prinz, https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.a...1958_nsu_prinz

    3. Pug 403: We all know about the 403......
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    My father used to work at Continental and General.
    They also did V8 Studebakers towards the end. Many were used by police. Just watch old Homicide episodes.
    He did not buy one as he felt it was too powerful.
    He purchased a Pug 403, eventually my first drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by driven View Post
    My father used to work at Continental and General.
    They also did V8 Studebakers towards the end. Many were used by police. Just watch old Homicide episodes.
    He did not buy one as he felt it was too powerful.
    He purchased a Pug 403, eventually my first drive
    I was surprised not to see any sign of a Studebaker in the pics, as they would have been assembling them at that particular time. I'm guessing because the Studebakers would have used non-Metric spanners and fasteners, they would just be made up as a totally separate batch to the European cars.
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    Many were used by police.
    My father had a friend in C&G management.

    Who told us one day that assembly of Studebaker Larks was boosted to cope with the rate that the Police wrote them off.

    Larks were a lot faster and handled differently to some of earlier Police vehicles.
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    Simca plant Moorabin 1958-777111-medium.jpg
    ICMYI - as 'fair use' if the Museum's record stands to be corrected.
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