1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S

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Lot 335
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ansaldo Registration no. SV 9441 Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S

Sold for £ 37,950 (US$ 51,081) inc. premium
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ansaldo

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

Footnotes

  • 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 car 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 gearbox. 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 ceased during the early 1930s, though the Ansaldo name subsequently appeared on Viberti-built trolleybuses.

    The car offered here is one of only a handful of surviving six-cylinder Ansaldos retaining their original factory coachwork. One other resides in New Zealand while another is rumoured to exist in Germany. After World War II this car resided in New Zealand until 1978 and then went to a collection in Japan before coming to the UK. A body-off restoration was undertaken circa 2003/2005 (some invoices on file) when work carried out included 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. Little more than 500-or-so miles have been covered since the rebuild and the engine, running on Castrol R oil, still needs to be carefully run in. It has been suggested keeping to below 50mph for the next 500 miles. The only modification of note has been the gearbox conversion to four speeds (from three) using a Riley gear set in the original case.

    Beautifully presented and offering most practical vintage motoring, this rare and potentially quick Italian sports-tourer comes with twin tonneau covers, hood, hood bag and a part complete set of side screens. The comfortable four seat coachwork is upholstered in pleated ox blood leather. The car enjoys the benefit of four wheel brakes, has twin side-mounted spare wheels and a radiator calormeter. Dashboard equipment includes O.S speedometer and clock while rear passenger comfort is provided by a practical Auster screen. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices and a Swansea V5 registration document. This car has only been started and driven short distances in recent months and we recommend the usual careful checks before more active use, bearing in mind too the above running in advice.
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1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
1923 Ansaldo 6AN Dual-Cowl Torpedo Tourer   Chassis no. 6049 Engine no. 6070S
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