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F.S.A (Fabbrica Sikelia Automobili)


#1

The Siceliota Armi Factory (FS Ar.) Was born at the end of the 19th century in Sikelia and produced, thanks to the numerous sulfur mines, cannon balls from these first productions, after the Italic unit, it was passed to the construction of cannons and with the World War I expanded the business to the production of aircraft engines and precision mechanical parts.

In 1928 one of the owners of the F.S. Ar. he decided to invest his earnings in the automotive sector and founded a small factory which he called Fabbrica Sikelia Automobili which two years later presented the FSA 1750 Turismo Speedster model.

F.S.A. 1750 Speedster

Technical chips
Chassis Steel Space Frame and Steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 3 Manual
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor Six 1750cc DOHC inline cylinders with single barrel carburetor that produced 62 hp at 4400 rpm and 120.4 Nm at 2800 rpm.

Interior
4 premium seats

Performance
Top speed 123 Km / h
0-100 39.0 sec.
Power to Weight 0.023

The 1750 speedster was sold from 1930 to 1933 in 156 units.


#2

In 1934 a new model was created by F.S.A. called 2300 Tourism Speedster which was nothing more than an aesthetic restyling of the 1750, with the addition of sidelights and grilles on the rear wheel arches, but the real novelty was the 6-cylinder engine brought to 2300cc.

Tecnical Fiches
Chassis Steel Space Frame and Steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 3 Manual
Suspension Solid Axle leaf (Front and rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor Six 2306cc DOHC inline cylinders with Twin single barrel carburetor that produced 91 hp at 4400 rpm and 164 Nm at 2500 rpm.

Interior
4 premium seats

Performance
Top speed 148 Km / h
0-100 24.9 sec.
Power to Weight 0.032

The 2300 speedster was sold from 1934 to 1937 in 371 units.

In addition, the chief engineer of the F.S.A. convinced the management to try the adventure in sports cars and three platforms were built that bodied by the Milanese company Taring were called 2300 ST (Sport Targa).

Tecnical Fiches
Chassis Steel Space Frame and Steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Solid axle coil (front) Solid Axle leaf (rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor Six 2306cc DOHC inline cylinders with Twin single barrel carburetor that produced 91 hp at 4400 rpm and 164 Nm at 2500 rpm.

Interior
2 sport seats

Performance
Top speed 182 Km / h
0-100 14.3 sec.
Power to Weight 0.050

The 2300 ST is a good cars and won the Targa Abruzzo in 1934 and in 1935
and Tobruk-Tripoli in 1937.


#3

In 1938 the F.S.A. it gave a twist to the design of its new model, under the influence of the FAT Topolino, detaching itself from tradition and creating a premium all-metal sedan with a Wheelbase much shorter than in the past.
The new model was called 2400 Tourism because it fitted the increased version of the engine of the previous 2300 Turismo.

Tecnical Fiches
Chassis Steel Space Frame and Steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Solid Axle coil (Front and rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor Six 2444cc DOHC inline cylinders with Twin single barrel carburetor that produced 96 hp at 4400 rpm and 175 Nm at 2300 rpm.

Interior 4 premium seats

Performance
Top speed 158 Km / h
0-100 16.0 sec.
Power to Weight 0.054

The 2400 Turismo was sold from 1938 to 1940 in 439 units.


#4

The three 2300 STs are also updated to the 2400 ST standard thanks to the new 2444cc engine specially created for racing and some body details such as the double rear light, the new wheels, the rear-view mirror, the integrated spare wheel and the bumpers bar bolted to the bodywork.


(in pink circle the new features in chassis design)

Tecnical Fiches
Chassis Steel Space Frame and Steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Solid axle coil (front) Solid Axle leaf (rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor Six 2444cc DOHC inline cylinders with Triple single barrel carburetor that produced 127 hp at 4500 rpm and 201 Nm at 4300 rpm.

Interior
2 sport seats

Performance
Top speed 193 Km / h
0-100 14.2 sec.
Power to Weight 0.068

In addition to the three converted units, five new units were produced for a total of 8 cars.

The best results were the victory of the Tobruk-Tripoli in 1939 and the second place in the Mille Miglia of 1940.


#5

in 1939 the F.S.A. signed a contract to supply the army with an offroad version from the 2400 to be supplied to the officers in service in the African colonies, the model was renamed “Coloniale”.

In the images one 2400 Coloniale, with the camouflage coloring for the desert, which travels along the Via Balbia in Libya.

Tecnical Fiches
Chassis Steel Space Frame and Steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal 4x4
Gearbox 4 Manual manual locked
Suspension Solid Axle coil (Front and rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Offroad Skidtray and front grid protection
Motor Six 2444cc DOHC inline cylinders with Twin single barrel carburetor that produced 96 hp at 4400 rpm and 175 Nm at 2300 rpm.

Interior 4 premium seats.

The Colonial 2400 was produced from 1939 to 1940 in 124 units.

In the period 1940-45 the F.S.A. converted his production to the needs of war in particular components for armored vehicles and after the landing of Allied troops in Sicily to which he provided technical support for the maintenance of the Wallys jaap.


#6

When, in 1946, the production resumed in the semi-destroyed plant, the choice of F.S.A. is to continue with the production of the 2400 Turismo, of which many components are still stored.
The only aesthetic changes are the front and rear lights mounted in the bodywork and the two air intakes next to the front radiator grille.
Furthermore, the engine is slightly re-phased to produce 100 hp.

Tecnical Fiches
Chassis Steel Space Frame and Steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Solid Axle coil (Front and rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor Six 2444cc DOHC inline cylinders with Twin single barrel carburetor that produced 100 hp at 4400 rpm and 182 Nm at 2600 rpm.

Interior 4 premium seats

Performance
Top speed 164 Km / h
0-100 14.7 sec.
Power to Weight 0.056

The 2400 B Turismo was produced from 1946 to 1949 in 680 units.


#7

In 1948 the F.S.A. decided to re-enter the reborn competitions of the sport category and to do this were built 3 units of the 2400 Competizione that for the first time in the history of the F.S.A. it mounted a double wishbone suspension at the front and was bodied with aluminum panels created by the Alamano body shop (AC).
The most prestigious victory obtained by the 2400 Competizione was the 1950 Targa Florio

(In the photos some snapshots of the 2400 Competizione taken on the roads of the Targa Florio of the year 1950.)

Tecnical Fiches
Chassis Steel Space Frame and aluminium panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Double wishbone (front) Solid Axle coil (rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor Six 2444cc DOHC inline cylinders with Triple single barrel carburetor that produced 127 hp at 4500 rpm and 201 Nm at 4300 rpm.

Interior
2 sport seats

Performance
Top speed 172 Km / h
0-100 11.8 sec.
Power to Weight 0.080


#8

In 1950 the 2400 was definitely outdated and the F.S.A. he thought the time was ripe to make a modern car

The new car, entirely designed under the supervision of Mario Rossi. With this car the Sicilian house abandoned the six-cylinder subdivision in favor of a 4-cylinder subdivision which allowed for less taxation. However, the tradition was respected with the adoption of two overhead camshafts and hemispherical combustion chambers.
The shape configuration, the detailed design of all the components and even the study of production equipment were entirely carried out by the internal staff of F.S.A.

With the model 1900 the F.S.A was transformed from a handicraft factory to a real industry.

the 1900 was offered in three versions: Berlina 4 porte, Coupè 2 porte, and Berlina TI (international tourism).

1900 Berlina

Technical fiches
Chassis Steel Ladder and steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Double wishbone (front) Semi trail arms (rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor four 1886cc DOHC inline cylinders with single barrel carburetor that produced 80 hp at 4900 rpm and 138 Nm at 2500 rpm.

Interior
4 premium seats and AM radio.

Performance
Top speed 153 Km / h
0-100 14.9 sec.
Power to Weight 0.047

1900 Sprint

Technical fiches
Chassis Steel Ladder and steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Double wishbone (front) Semi trail arms (rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor four 1886cc DOHC inline cylinders with single barrel carburetor that produced 80 hp at 4900 rpm and 138 Nm at 2500 rpm.

Interior
2 premium seats and AM radio.

Performance
Top speed 154 Km / h
0-100 14.3 sec.
Power to Weight 0.050

1900 Berlina T.I. whit colors of Scuderia Tricolore drived by Walter Loi

Technical fiches
Chassis Steel Ladder and steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal RWD
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension Double wishbone (front) Semi trail arms (rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor four 1886cc DOHC inline cylinders with single barrel carburetor that produced 90 hp at 5000 rpm and 147 Nm at 3200 rpm.

Interior
2 sport seats.

Performance
Top speed 160 Km / h
0-100 12.8 sec.
Power to Weight 0.056

The 1900 TI was a very good car whit many victory in the Gt category until 2000cc.

The 1900 model was producted fro 1950 to 1959 in:
1900 Berlina 16.000 units
1900 Sprint 1.800 units
1900 TI 1.050 units


#9

In 1950 the Italian army issued specifications for an off-road vehicle that was to replace the old jaaps donated by the USA.
The FSA set to work with the experience gained with the 2400 Coloniale and with the repair of the Jaap during the period of the Anglo-American occupation of Sicily.
In 1952 the AR-52 model was presented (reconnaissance car-52) which was produced in 2,059 units that equipped the army and the Carabinieri.
The AR-52 was available both in the pick-up , in the images below, and torpedo version.

Technical fiches
Chassis Steel monocoque and steel panels
Drivetrain Front longitudinal 4x4
Gearbox 4 Manual
Suspension McPherson (front) Solid axle leaf (rear)
Brake Drum Front and Rear
Motor four 1886cc DOHC inline cylinders with single barrel carburetor that produced 78 hp at 5000 rpm and 148 Nm at 2700 rpm.

Interior
2 basic seats + 4 seats in truck body.

Performance
Top speed 128 Km / h
0-100 18.3 sec.
Power to Weight 0.052