1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon  Chassis no. 7384

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Lot 491
1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon
Coachwork by Harrington Registration no. YO 7810 Chassis no. 7384

Sold for £ 16,675 (US$ 20,398) inc. premium
1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon
Coachwork by Harrington

Registration no. YO 7810
Chassis no. 7384
*Rare Italian marque of the Vintage era
*One of only four Ansaldos in the UK
*Present ownership since 2000
*Original and un-restored

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 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 original company continued with its other engineering enterprises.

    Offered here is a unique example of the 1,980cc 4CS, a model introduced by Ansaldo in 1922. The four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine has a claimed output of 48bhp, good enough for a top speed of 70mph, while power reaches the rear wheels via a three-speed 'crash' gearbox. This car is one of a tiny handful of surviving Ansaldos, of which only four are resident in this country. Many Ansaldos were exported to New Zealand, and most of the survivors are located in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Imported into the UK in chassis form by a Royal Navy captain, who owned it for 20 years, 'YO 7810' carries Weymann-type six-light saloon coachwork by Thomas Harrington Ltd of Brighton; the original 'snakeskin' finish is still visible in areas where the later brown cellulose has worn off. The lady vendor's late husband acquired the Ansaldo in 2000. Details of previous owners may be found in the history file.

    The car is described by the vendor as in generally good condition mechanically, with 'fair' bodywork and paint, while the original interior benefits from a re-upholstered front seat. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style logbook, current MoT, a V5C registration document, and the aforementioned history file.
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1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon  Chassis no. 7384
1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon  Chassis no. 7384
1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon  Chassis no. 7384
1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon  Chassis no. 7384
1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon  Chassis no. 7384
1926 Ansaldo 4CS Saloon  Chassis no. 7384
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