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The Amilcar was a French automobile manufactured from 1921 to 1937. These cars did extremely well in the hotly contested 1100 cc class winning 102 first places in 1924 including first in class in the Targa Florio.
This car is believed to be the official show car introduced at the New York Salon in 1926. It was delivered for $1850 fob NY and promised 75 mph. Discovered in Pennsylvania in 1947, it stayed in North America until 1995. It was then exported to Holland for a restoration, and returned tot he states in 2001. This roadster bodied car by Carrosserie Charles Duval of Paris, has won its class at the Concours d'Elegance Place Loo in the Netherlands as well as other shows.
Amilcar, built from 1921 through 1937, was one of the most successful and famous sports racer in France prior to World War I. A year after they began producing vehicles, they won the world's first 24-Hour race. From there, their place in history had been secured. They continued to build their reputation in the 1100 cc Class of motor racing. Appearances at the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia continued to prove their agility and speed.
The four-cylinder engine produced around 30 horsepower. Their strength was in their lightweight construction which resulted in around a 1250 pound overall weight. Performance was further enhanced with the four-wheel brakes, while many of their competition preferred brakes on two wheels. To keep constant braking pressure to the front wheels during cornering, Amilcar created a sliding rod inside the kingpin which helped accomplish this feat.
In 1926 a CGSs was introduced, with the additional 'S' representing 'Surbaisse'. Horsepower increased slightly to 35. Other improvements included a cast-aluminum firewall, larger sump, and an increase in brake size.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2006
The Amilcar CGS was produced from 1924 through 1926. The Amilcar CGSs was produced from 1926 through 1929. In total there were around 4700 examples produced.