This is the most famous model of all Amilcar's - CGS 'Grand Sport' of 1924, featuring a 1,074cc engine and four-wheel brakes. This model evolved into the more sporty CGSS 'Grand Sport Surbaisse.' This is one of only 948 produced!
This Amilcar CGSS is powered by a 1244cc four-cylinder engine. This was raced in New England throughout the 1950s and later. It was purchased by Gordon Heald in 1965, and raced actively until it was donated to the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, Massachusetts, in 1995. The car resided in their collection until 2005, when it was sold at auction.
Amilcar introduced their CGSS in the summer of 1926, among it's successful line of sports cars such as the CGS, and among plenty of tough competition at the time . The extra S in the name CGSS stands for surbaisse. This refers to the lowered chassis for racing pucposes. This model had a revised camshaft, large sump volume, improved steering box, short wheelbase and larger brakes.
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Buyers were given the choice of several different body styles from coupes to the staggered-seat, pointed-tail roadster.
This example is known to have raced in various post-war events around New England and, in 1965, Gordie Heald purchased the Amilcar for vintage racing. It raced at various VSCCA circuits during the 1970s and 1980s. It remained an active competitor until 1995 when it was donated to the Heritage Museum in sandwich, Massachusetts.
The vehicle remained in the collection until 2005, when the current owner acquired the car. It was given a full restoration by D.L. George Coachworks. It made its restoration debut at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
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