Joseph Lamy and Emile Akar found 'Amilcar' (an anagram of their names) in 1921 to produce a cyclecar designed by Jules Salomon and Edmond Moyet. This car seemed somewhat like to a prewar 'Le Zebre'. For 1922 a new design Type CC with 4-cylinder 903cc engine was announced and offered in four forms, including the CGS 1924 1,074cc Grand Sport. They had a good success in Motor Racing, especially with supercharged engines. The founders were bought out by Societe financiere pour l'automobile in 1933, but this was incapable of saving Amilcar who then went into Hotchkiss but this did not enable them to survive after WW2
aa Amilcar CGSS 1929 badge
Amilcar CGSS 1929 - badge on radiator
Amilcar 4C 1924
Amilcar 4C (1924) Engine 1074cc S4
Amilcar CGSS 1926 front
Amilcar CGSS 1926 bodied by Charles Duval. Unveiled in the summer of 1926, the CGSS was one of the quintessential French voiturettes that could be registered within a lower tax bracket at the time. This model was a development of Amilcar's successful line of sports cars known as the CGS with the extra 'S' standing for surbaissé and described the model's lower chassis.
The CGSS featured a revised camshaft, larger sump volume, improved steering box, short wheelbase and larger brakes. The later examples also featured a four-speed gearbox. Buyers had a choice of various body styles from a coupé to the iconic staggered-seat, pointed-tail roadster. The 1074cc four-cylinder engine from the CGS was fitted but in a slightly higher state of tune delivering 35hp. It was also available with a Cozette supercharger for those who needed more power. Thus equipped, a CGSS won the 1927 Monte Carlo Rally driven by Lefebvre. Designed as an enthusiast's first racing car, many customers purchased the CGSS to drive during the week and to compete in events on the weekend. Today, the CGSS remains one of the most sought-after Amilcars as well as a landmark example of a late 1920s sports car.
Amilcar Hispano Special 1930
Amilcar Hispano Special 1930, powered by a 11,760cc Hispano-Suiza aero engine