c.1923 ANSALDO MODEL 6AN SIX SEATER TOURER
Registration No. Not UK Registered
Chassis No. 6049
Engine No. Not known
White with black wings and red interior
Engine: six cylinder in line, over head cam, 1,990cc; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: front and rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Right hand drive.
The origins of the Ansaldo company dated back to the mid-19th Century. An engineering concern of great proportion, their business interests stretched widely from shipbuilding to railway locomotive and aero-engine manufacture. Their earliest connection with motor cars came during the First World War when part of the company turned its efforts to building armoured bodywork for tanks based on the Lancia IZ chassis.
After the war, their staff had swelled to some 80,000, and a decision was made to enter the motor car industry as a practical way of catering for their spare capacity in the aero-engine division. This they did with a single four cylinder model initially. With a chassis of American style, central gear lever for its three speed transmission, and factory built coachwork, the Ansaldo car soon proved popular, selling more than 700 units in their first two years, 1920 and 1921. It was later joined by enlarged four cylinder variants, and a six cylinder, two litre car, the model 6AN as offered for sale.
This example is very tidily presented, and appears to have been the subject of a full though sympathetic restoration whilst in former ownership in New Zealand. Later being sold to Japan, it has been shipped to the UK for the sale.
On inspection, the Ansaldo has considerable charm, and the attention to the detail fittings, instrumentation and simple styling are worthy of note. It has a two piece opening windscreen, rear 'auster' style screen, whilst the dash carries a Marelli cluster and enamelled Ansaldo makers plate. It is also well-equipped with twin side mounted spare wheels, full length hood and rear luggage rack. In a style akin to more luxury brands many of the components are stamped with the chassis number.
Cosmetic condition remains good throughout, but owing to long term exhibition of more than a decade without use Christie's advise that careful re-commissioning by carried out prior to returning it to the road.
This is an interesting and very rare survivor of the marque, and would make a usable Vintage tourer.