EXCEPTIONAL 1927 AMILCAR CGSS
The first time I saw this beautiful Amilcar was in the early 2000s in the hillside house of Sandro Lanza near Biella.
Lanza was a historic collector of vintage cars and the keeper of the Lancia Register.
Of course, his collection was mainly dedicated to the Lancia brand.
I remember distinctly from the oldest Lambda, Dilambda, Astura, various Flaminia sedans and coupes, Aurelia B24 America and B20 of various series, Aprilia, Ardea, Flavia Vignale up to the more recent Stratos, on which the late Claudio Maglioli also intervened.
However, his great passion did not allow him to ignore other cars that had been milestones in the history of motoring.
In fact, in his splendid garage there were many other cars including the Conte Trossi’s Packard Clipper, the Alfa Romeo 6c SS, the Jaguar Mk2 3.8 and this splendid Amilcar in totally original conservation conditions.
Sandro Lanza bought the Amilcar in France in the 1960s when the collection of vintage cars in Italy was still far from being born.
The car at the time was just over forty years old and was fairly recent.
In practice, as if we were buying a car from the 1980s today.
When in 1969 she obtained the ASI homologation, she was classified as authentic and was assigned the registration number 0219!
They were truly the beginnings of ASI and historic motorsport.
Many cars of the Lanza collection were entrusted to me for sale but unfortunately over the years I have lost track of many.
Fortunately I sold the Amilcar in 2004 to a collector friend of mine from Brescia and member of my own club.
The new owner with great wisdom and collecting culture in all these years has kept the car in its original state without doing restoration work that would have compromised the exceptional state of authenticity.
Unlike Lanza who was a meticulous caretaker but rarely drove it, the new owner has dedicated years of care and attention to maintaining the mechanicals in perfect working order, allowing him to participate in important motoring events from the first days of possession until this year. .
With the same emotion as the first time, after years of assiduous courtship, I finally managed to bring this fascinating history Amilcar back to the Blue Room.
EVENTS ENTERED BY THE CAR
- 2004,2005,2006,2007 Mitiche sport a Bassano
- 2004 Settimana Motoristica Bresciana
- 2005 Trofeo Aido
- 2005,2006,2007 Vernasca Silver Flag
- 2008 Salò Historic Racing
- 2006,2007 Trofeo Città Di Lumezzane gara campionato italiano regolarità autostoriche
- 2010,2011,2012 Acciaio e Motori Odolo
- 2017 Circuito del Tè Mantova
- 2016,2017,2018,2019: 5 Province Raduno anteguerra organizzato da Asi
- 2018 Vernasca Silver Flag
- 2019 90° ann. del 1° Gran Premio d’Italia
- 2019 Preview Mille Miglia
The Amilcar CGS Grand Sport was a popular inter war lightweight sports car, manufactured by the French automobile maker Amilcar between 1923 and 1925. A response to the successful Salmson VAL3 series, the “C Grand Sport” was developed from the Amilcar C. The CGS had a longer, more rigid chassis, and improved brakes in addition to its bigger engine.
Its 1,074cc, 30 bhp, side valve engine with an aluminium head gave it a listed top speed of at least 120 km/h (75 mph), and could be tuned for better performance. Four-wheel brakes were fitted.
A lowered and higher tuned version, the CGSS, the second S standing for surbaisse (lowered), was also made. Around 4,700 of both types were made.