Friday, February 20, 2015
Autoblinda SPA 40
First variant of the Italian Autoblinda, the result of a collaboration between SPA (for the mechanical components) and Ansaldo (for the armored superstructure). It was tested from mid-1939 onwards to replace the Fiat 611 as well as the Lancia I.Z., surviving since World War I. The progress was remarkable. Not only was it fast on road, but its four-wheel drive, helped by the spare wheels in case of need, gave it exceptional crossing abilities. Well-liked, it was assigned to the reconnaissance units of the motorized or armored divisions. After one year of service, it was superseded on the assembly lines by the Autoblinda 41, a similar model but with increased firepower.