My first all UE4 company. An italian make, an amalgamation of the major RL italian makes.
Lore wise, it’s the oldest brand in my roster, being established in 1898. Barricada produced all kinds of vehicles until WW2, before consolidating on primarily affordable and utilitarian cars, vans and trucks (the truck division has been sold to IMP in 1979). Barricada was also a prominent manufacturer of more upmarket vehicles until the 1960s. Lets make it clear that Barricada is not directly affiliated with my other brands.
A few milestones from Barricada’s 120 year history:
- Founded in 1898
- September 1899: First ‘Tipo 1’ model completed
- October 1900: Tipo 4 Litri wins Bologna to Firenze trial.
- 1902: Tipo 9 is produced in 108 units
- 1905: First Truck produced
- 1921: Tipo 23 & Tipo 24 become first truly mass produced Barricada automobiles, selling over 100.000 units combined until 1926.
- 1922: Tipo 25 introduces four-wheel brakes
- 1927: First V8 produced
- 1933: Barricada 1350 (Tipo 40) introduces independent front suspension
- 1937: Barricada 1350C features unibody construction and rack and pinion steering.
- 1942: Barricada produces light, 4WD reconnaisance vehicle for Italian army
- 1947: Barricada 1350E reenters production, effectively a 1350D using a simplified separate chassis.
- 1954: Introduction of ‘775’ model, which would remain in production until 1968 and sell over 2 million times.
- 1966: Junta 2900 introduced with all-aluminium OHC V8 and four-speed automatic transmission.
- 1968: Introduction of the front-wheel drive ‘975’ series to replace the 775C.
- 1977: 1350K introduced, last RWD family car by Barricada
- 1985: ‘Solara Super Turbo’ introduces multivalve engine with turbocharger.
- 1990: Solara II is voted european car of the year
- 1996: Reintroduction of executive Junta model, with bespoke RWD chassis and a 240hp V6 engine, model flops.
We’ll start off in the post war years, after the 1947 1350E and 1000D had stabilized the company finances, work on a new flagship model began. The important ingredient here was an all-new 2.0 litre OHV V8 engine with alloy cylinder heads. The Barricada 8c 2000 Berlina was unveiled in 1951. It initially produced 85hp with a single carburetor. Alongside it stood a sports car with that same engine, the 8c Sport. A competition version of this car with three carburetors would race in the 1951 and 1952 Mille Miglia. 137 8c Sport were produced, of which 13 were in ‘MM’ specification. Only one example of the MM is known to survive.
1951 Barricada 8c Sport MM Berlinetta
Steel ladder frame chassis, aluminium bodywork
Independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
4-wheel hydraulically assisted drum brakes, 300mm diameter front, 280mm rear
90° OHV V8 with cast iron block and aluminium alloy cylinder heads
Bore x Stroke 72x61,3mm, 1997cc, three Weber carburetors
Compression ratio 9.5:1
127hp @ 5400rpm, 177Nm @ 4300rpm, Engine redline 6000rpm
Engine weight 172kg
4-speed ZF manual transmission, rack and pinion steering
Total weight 1177kg
0-100kph 11.6s, Top Speed 185kph
Price (2017) ca. €1,5m