Simca Marmon SUMB
The Simca Marmon SUMB is a French Army 1500KG truck manufactured from
1959 until the late 1960s (although some were rebuilt by Renault around
1990 with diesel engines and modern braking and electrical systems).
The SUMB was in service from about 1964 until the late 1990s and
fulfilled similar roles for the French army to the British Humber 1 ton,
Austin K9, Landrover 101, and Reynolds-Broughton RB44 did during those
years. Although later radio installations used a cabin the original
design was based on a soft top with four stub masts for jeep-style
MP65 antenna bases at the corners of the pick up body and I am working
to that design in my restoration.
The intention is to end up with a late 1960s external configuration
and a Clansman based radio fit (for compatibility with modern amateur
stations - the original VRC10/VRC18 fit would be a little too dated and
the French SSB transceiver TR-VM-10 is very rare) internally.
My SUMB came from an enthusiast in Cambridgeshire who had to give up
the project due to ill health, having bought it a year previously from
the farm where it had worked since being imported to the UK in 1998.
Unfortunately the SUMB had to be sold when I moved house in 2013, although I saw it at the War &
Peace show at Beltring a year later. I bought another (and a very poorly one for spares) in 2015, but
the expense of off site parking brought an end to that project in 2017 and I have stuck to
since then. All that remains is some photos:
I have collected some links to other sites with Marmon info
I have prepared an index of SUMB videos on Youtube which is
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Last Updated 30th July 2011