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Autoblinda AB 40 Armored Car

 


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 1940
Manufactured by: SPA/Ansaldo-Fossati
Crew: 4
Armament: Turret: (2) 8mm Breda M38 MG's;  Secondary: (1) 8mm Breda M38 MG in real hull.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Water Cooled Gasoline Engine
Miscellaneous Info: The first version of the very capable Italian armored car design which was succeeded by the almost identical AB 41; which differed only in the main armament fitted and a slightly more powerful engine.  The subsequent AB 43 was also very closely related as well, but had a few more modifications. Only a few of the AB 40's were produced (20-25?) before production was quickly switched to the AB 41. A variant was built for use on railroad tracks (AB 40 Ferrovaria) and a turretless prototype command vehicle was tested but never fielded.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
ABM 1 Prototype David Haugh - Content Editor
AB 40 Armored Car Photos David Haugh
   AB 40 Ferroviaria Armored Car (Fitted for use on Rairoad Tracks) David Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
AB 40 Armored Car Information and Photos Tanks Encyclopedia
AB 40 Armored Car Information and Photos WWII Vehicles.Com
"FIAT/SPA Autoblinda AB-40/41" By David Haugh Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #2)
Line Drawing of the AB-40 Armored Car By David Haugh Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #1)

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
"Autoblinda 40,41 & Carro Commando M41" - Bellona Military Vehicle Prints - Series 33 Dr. Nicola Pignato
Autoblindo AB 41 & AB 43 Daniele Guglielmi (Progressive Publishing - Poland)
Automezzi da Combattimento Dell'Esercito Italiano: 1912-1990 Dr. Nicola Pignato
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
Italian Armored Vehicles of World War Two Nicola Pignato
Italian Tanks and Fighting Vehicles of World War 2

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Autoblinda AB 40/41 Model Kit (35002) Warrior Model 1/35 Resin and white metal
Autoblinda AB 40 Model Kit (6482) Italeri 1/35 Styrene Plastic
Autoblinda AB 40 "Ferroviaria" (With Railroad Wheels) Model Kit (6456) Italeri 1/35 Styrene Plastic
Autoblinda AB 40 "Ferroviaria" (With Railroad Wheels) Model Kit (7064) Italeri 1/72 Styrene Plastic
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
AB 40/AB43 Conversion Set (72316) ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin. Converts Italeri AB41 Model Kit into AB40 or AB43.
Autoblinda AB 40 Conversion Set (MRA 35218) MR Modellbau 1/35 Resin Turret; For 1/35 Italeri AB41 and AB43 Kits.
AB 40 Turret (478) Royal Model 1/35 Resin Turret; For 1/35 Italeri AB41 and AB43 Kits.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider