1923 Amilcar 8hp CS Petit Sport Registration no. BF 4558 Chassis no. 20660 Engine no. 20660
Perhaps only the marque Bugatti springs to mind more readily than the marque Amilcar when one conjures up images of the young, sporting, French 'beau', motoring wind-in-hair and trailing a dust screen along the tree-lined French autoroutes in the 1920's, no doubt with a pretty girl at his side. The Amilcar was the brainchild of Monsieur Lamy (of Le Zebre fame) and financed by Monsieur Akar (hence Amilcar). From the first appearance of these lightweight sporting voiturettes in 1921 it was obvious that the drawing boards at Amilcar had found a formula for producing outstanding performance from what appeared to be a very conventional engine design.
The little Amilcars made their mark in motor sport across continental Europe and regularly caused concern to significantly mightier cars on the banking at Brooklands. The Grand Prix style two-seater coachwork was of course highly fashionable, lightweight and very attractive and there was little wonder that the Amilcar became affectionately known as 'the poor man's Bugatti'.
This car was acquired by the late Jack Tattersall in 2008 from the enthusiastic ownership of a VSCC member. The car was issued with a VSCC buff form in March 2007. The 8hp engine of the CS had a bore and stroke of 55 x 95mm, giving a cubic capacity of 902cc. This car is recorded as having a bore of 57mm and as such would have a cubic capacity of 970cc. Take careful note of the quality of restoration of this car. The offset two-seater coachwork is presented in French racing blue livery with polished aluminium bonnet and the interior trim is maroon with a red tonneau cover. Dashboard equipment includes an OS 0-80mph speedometer, SIFAM amp meter and an OS time clock. The car is equipped with Bleriot headlamps and a Vibror Klaxon as well as a Samson Lion Klaxon. The quarter-elliptic front suspension is assisted by Hartford shock absorbers. Fittings throughout are nickel, fuel is fed through a Solex carburettor and spark is by magneto.
The car is very smartly presented but has seen minimal use, principally on estate roads only, since acquisition in 2008 and will need the usual careful checks and recommissioning. The car is eminently suitable for so many forms of VSCC competition including the ever-popular Light Car and Edwardian Section events, and yet would be equally at home in a concours d'élégance line-up.