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F.S.A (Fabbrica Sikelia Automobili)


#41

In 1990 to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the birth of F.S.A. the “60 YR” car was produced in a limited series, recalling in the external forms the sports category cars produced by the company in the 30s.
The 60 YR was a two-seat coupé with luxury interiors, aluminum bodywork, viscous LSD and ABS that fitted a refined version of the 1900cc injection engine, previously mounted on the Hybla, which delivered 127 Hp and 171 Nm of torque.
The car was produced in only 60 units all booked by the most important and loyal customers of the F.S.A.

FSA - 60 YR.car (31.6 KB)

So far I have narrated the cars built with the F.S.A brand or in any case in factories owned by the same, such as that of Xèrem in Brazil, but now I will talk about the cars and vehicles produced under other brands of which F.S.A. it held the majority of the equity package or the SVEL (Società veicoli da lavoro) of Messina, which produced vans and commercial vehicles, and the Autosud of Caserta that produced small cars with basic interiors from 1960 to 1980 when it was integrated into the F.S.A. to produce the “Nica 900”.


#42

In 1959 the F.S.A acquired 60% of Auto Sud with a factory in Caserta and in 1960 the “Golfo 600” model was presented, a utility car with a 767cc (28hp) rear engine born as an alternative to the rival FAT 600D.
In the first months of sales, deliveries were even higher than those of the cheaper, but also more spartan FAT “600D”, the bodywork, which recalled the most prestigious Lanassa, and the best finishes and, above all, the possibility of buy it in with mortgage payment offered by Auto Sud.
The Golfo 600 was sold from 1960 to 1969.




(sedan and cabrio trim of Golfo 600)

Golfo 600 - Berlina.car (33.7 KB)

Golfo 600 - Cabrio.car (32.8 KB)


#43

In the second half of the sixties the F.S.A. he was faced with the worrying penetration of the “Minima” market in Italy, which, having bypassed the obstacle of customs duties with the construction of the car at the Innocenti factories, was very successful in sales among young people and, above all, among female users.
In that market sector the F.S.A. did not have a model capable of competing in terms of image and technical conception with the revolutionary Anglo-Italian utility vehicle; therefore it was decided to propose, through the subsidiary Auto SUd, a small car, with an elegant appearance and equipped with modern front-wheel drive.
In 1969 the Posillipo 900 model was presented, a car with basic interiors, a 903cc front engine that gave 42 hp, FWD traction and a 4-speed manual gearbox.
In 1974 the second series of the Posillipo called 960 was presented, which in addition to the introduction of plastic in the bumpers and in the moldings of a new front grille and new rear lights mounted the new 965cc engine that brought the power to 46 hp.
The Possipo was produced, in the two series, from 1969 to 1979.



(in the photos Posillipo 900, in red, and Posillipo 960, in green)

Also in 1974, the sports division of Auto Sud produced the Posillipo 960 TRP which fitted the 1050cc engine that supplied 70 hp and became the car at the base of a single-brand rally trophy that was held from 1974 to 1980.



Posillipo - 900.car (35.0 KB)

Posillipo - 960.car (35.5 KB)

Posillipo - 960 TRP.car (40.5 KB)


#44

In 1954 the F.S.A. took over from the subsidiary SVEL a van factory based in Messina.
The project called SVEL F1, furgone1, was started, and in 1955 it materialized with the release of the new van called “Messene”.
The “Messene” "was equipped with a 1181cc front 4-cylinder valve engine that produced 45 hp and which combined with a four-speed manual gearbox and a large load compartment made it an excellent sales success until 1961 when it was replaced from a new model.


#45

In 1960 SVEL presented the new light delivery van called “Zancle” which compared to the old model had these improvements:
adoption of the monocoque, front brake discs and progressive springs in addition to the engine increased to 1281cc with 49hp and 92 nm of torque.

SVEL F2 - Zancle.car (34.5 KB)

The first series of the “Zancle” was produced from 1960 to 1965 and was a very good vehicle and achieved excellent sales success and was produced under license also in Archana.
In 1966 the second series of the “Zancle” was released … to be continued …


#46

In 1966 the SVEL presented the “Zancle B” restyling model of the previous one (new position lights, new front grille, new rear lights and bolts in the front bumper) but enhanced thanks to the adoption of the FWD transmission and the double carburetor which led to a greater driveability and an increase in power to 50 hp and 95 Nm.


(in the photos an ambulanza, medical van in italian language, version of Zancle B)


the correct front wiew

The “Zancle B” was sold from 1966 to 1974.

SVEL F2 - Zancle B.car (35.8 KB)


#47

In 1975 the “Peloro” van was introduced, the F3 internal name, from the SVEL which fitted the 1351cc boxer engine, the same as that of the Jonia, which produced 70 hp and for the first time came equipped with power steering, AM radio and gearbox five gears.

In 1985 the second series of the “Peloro” was presented which was a restyling of the previous one, new front and rear lights, but fitted the new 1500cc Boxer engine that produced 82 hp and for the first time had the side door with sliding opening instead of the 'compass opening.

The “peloro” was sold until 1991 and was the last van produced by SVEL before the closure of the factory and the sale of machinery in China.

SVEL F3 - Peloro.car (28.2 KB)

SVEL F3 - Peloro (II).car (29.8 KB)