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Autoblinda AB 40 Armored Car

 


Specifications

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 (Squadron Signal Publications) Nicola Pignato
Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars: 1911-45 (Osprey Publishing) Filippo Cappellano & Pier Paolo Battistelli
Italian Tanks and Combat 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