1926 AMILCAR CGSS TWO SEATER ROADSTER
Chassis No. 41188
White with blue cycle wings and black interior
Engine: four cylinder, side valve, 1,075cc; Gearbox: three speed, central change; Suspension: semi-elliptic to the front, quarter-elliptic to the rear; Brakes: foot-operated drums on all four wheels, handbrake on rear two wheels. Right hand drive.
The name Amilcar is perhaps second only to that of Bugatti when it comes to conjuring up images of daring-do in dashing Twenties France. From the first appearance of these lightweight sporting cars in 1921, it was obvious that the drawing boards at Amilcar had found a formula for extracting remarkable performance from what appeared to be a very conventional engine design. The little Amilcars earned for themselves an enviable reputation in motor sport in France, while regularly causing concern to mightier cars on the banks of Brooklands. The Grand Prix-style two seater coachwork was highly fashionable, lightweight and very attractive, and there is little wonder that the Amilcar became affectionately known as the "poor man's Bugatti".
The CGSS was produced from 1926 to 1929, and was effectively an updated and sportier version of the popular CGS that had been available for the previous two years. Essentially the final development of the firm's small cars, it featured such refinements as the spirit-bevel back end, brakes on all four wheels, full pressure lubrication, and a 30bhp engine that offered a 70mph top speed.
This car was purchased by John Comey in March 1987, before which it was owned by Lew Gotthainer of Montclair in New Jersey, and unfortunately we cannot document any prior history at present. Currently the car is not operational but it is hoped that by the time of sale it will at least be running, and we strongly recommend that interested parties contact a member of specialist staff prior to the sale for an update.
Similarly, interested parties can contact Christie's prior to the sale for a complete inventory of the new and used spare parts that accompany this charming Amilcar. Within the hoard of useful additions are: a re-profiled camshaft, gears, gaskets, a carburetor and an abundance of ancillary engine, suspension, brake, drivetrain and other miscellaneous components.
Finished in white with blue cycle wings, the car presents very well as does the interior which is trimmed in black leather. This charming car from the magical era of French car manufacturing demands consideration and once recommissioned for road use will no doubt provide charismatic and enjoyable motoring.