With the exception of being French, that sounds like my old Fiat 850 Spyder. Coil on the rear wall so that the wiring dangled down into the fan belts. Weber carb that continually needed adjustment. Assorted electrical and mechanical issues. But when it ran, it was a blast and would have grinning from ear to ear.
Edit: I'll be gobsmacked... an Orlowski article with comments that didn't need to wait for moderation.