1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer  Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
Lot 459
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
Sold for £46,600 (US$ 78,326) inc. premium
Lot Details
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ansaldo

Registration no. SV 9441
Chassis no. 6049
Engine no. 6070S


  • One of Italy's largest engineering groups, Ansaldo needed to find a use for its Turin aero engine factory after WWI and decided to diversify into motor manufacturing. Production of an advanced light car - the Tipo 4 - commenced in 1919. Designed by Ansaldo's chief engineer, Guido Soria, it was powered by an overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine displacing 1,847cc and featured an American-style central gearchange to the three-speed 'box. In 1923 Ansaldo introduced four-wheel brakes to the range and launched its first six-cylinder model, the 1,990cc 6AN. Ansaldo seemed to have established itself in the motoring marketplace when the group was broken up on Mussolini's orders in 1927, the car division being sold to Macchi. Soria found employment elsewhere but had left designs for two luxury cars on the drawing board, which appeared after he left. Car production fizzled out during the early 1930s, though the Ansaldo name subsequently appeared on Viberti-built trolleybuses.
    The car offered here is one of only a tiny handful of surviving six-cylinder Ansaldos retaining their original factory coachwork. The vendor advises us that he knows of one other in New Zealand while another is rumoured to exist in Germany. Post WW2 the car resided in New Zealand until 1978 and then went to a collection in Japan. The Ansaldo was purchased approximately 10 years ago by the current vendor, who reports that it possesses excellent steering and good brakes for a vintage-era car.
    A body-off restoration was undertaken circa 2003/2004 when works carried out include a re-spray, rewiring the electrics (using correct cotton braided cabling) and an engine rebuild. The latter involved re-boring the cylinders to 66mm (1mm oversize); fitting new, forged pistons (Bristol 2-litre); fully floating gudgeon pin conversion; lightly regrinding the crankshaft; white metalling the main and big-end bearings; renewing all studs in stainless steel; fitting a new duplex timing chain; reconditioning the oil and water pumps; overhauling the cylinder head and fitting new valves; and refilling the block with anti-freeze. Only 500-or-so miles have been covered since the rebuild and the engine still needs to be run-in. The vendor recommends keeping to below 50mph for the next 500 miles and advises us that the engine uses Castrol R40 castor-based oil. The only modification of note has been the gearbox's conversion to four speeds (from three) using a Riley gear set in the original case (original gears included in sale).
    The vendor has many other old cars and does not have sufficient time to devote to them all, hence the decision to sell the Ansaldo, which has seen relatively little use. Described as in generally very good condition, this rare Italian sports-tourer comes with twin tonneau covers, hood, hood bag and an incomplete set of side screens. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to August 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.
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