After "Société Industrielle de Mécanique et de Carrosserie Automobile" or SIMCA purchased Ford’s subsidiary in France, called SAF, a number of brands hitherto made came under Simca’s fold. One of the popular model was the Simca Vedette*.
The Vedette’s second generation car was given a more stretched body with long tailfins and heavily chrome plated grille. Inside the car was a newly developed Aquilon 2.4 litre engine that had a power output of 85 hp. This car was labelled as Simca Chambord for models sold in Brazil (as the French word “Vedette” means ‘star’ while this word implied a ‘cabaret dancer’ in Brazil).
Coming from a family of carpenters, Henri Hénon made his first camper for his wife in 1931. Soon he made few more for his friends and acquaintances and then there was no looking back. He started taking part in exhibitions and fairs and collected few orders. By 1938 he was well-known in France until the World War II began.
While the war was raging, Hénon kept improvising his design. After the war ended Hénon introduced a camping van that had double insulation wall on her sides. This he achieved by bonding aluminium sheet with a hardboard ply or HDF (a novelty in the 1940s). By 1948 he introduced the triple layer campers that kept the heat outside while maintaining the room temperature inside.
In later years, his firm built campers that were as long as 6 metre (Maison Blanche) and by 1965 there was one that was 7 metre long.
* also sold @ Scale Model Cart
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Opening models - Car and Camper|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||29.5 x 8 x 8|
|Color||Cream / Red|