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    Fellow Frogger!
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    Default Vedette Cabriolet !

    Hi - did anyone else see the Simca Vedette cabriolet on the SBS French news yesterday?

    It was in a short archival piece showing some political bigwig arriving in it at some stately building.

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    I'm no Simca expert but have never seen the cabriolet before.

    Don
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    Default Vedette convertible

    The one you mention was built for General de Gaulle. The French government had a fleet of Simca Vedette "Presidence" and among them were two 4dr convertibles and four 2dr convertibles which were specially built for the Generals use. While Simca never built a convertible Vedette I am aware that at least two were built by the famous coach builder for private buyers. I have posted pictures of a Chambord convertible but not sure if it's one of the mentioned two or if it is another conversion from a sedan.
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    Very nice. I can't get away from how much it looks like a 3/4 scale '57 or '58 Packard- certainly nothing wrong with that. That suits the Vedette's style very well.
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