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About Quiz # 340: 1936 OM Autocarretta

About Quiz #340: 1936 OM Autocarretta
Many right and accurate answers came from our readers about this rare piece of rust designed for the Italian army and used in the war with Ethiopia. Alan McGuinness, Hugh Stiles ,Gerry Barrett, Roberto Corno, Jury Member Fried Stol,  Regis (?) and Andrea (?) gave the correct make and model, but only the two first of these gave the correct year model.
Fritz Hegemann was the only who mentioned the little difference between the early 1932 models and this updated 1936 model, so he is the winner: “OM - Officine Meccaniche – (Milano), in 1917 having merged the famous edwardian Züst (Brescia),was in the twenties and thirties a well-known italian sports-car producer (1927: first, second and third in the first MM), 1933 taken over by FIAT. In 1925 OM started also the production of commercial cars – there as make disappearing in the 80's. Here we see an OM Auto Carretta 36 (production started in '36), a light truck of 1-ton capacity, with air-cooled 4-cyl-diesel, 4-wheel-steering, central mounted gearbox and 4WD, built in numerous civilian and military variations. The earlier OM 32/35 still had solid rubber tires” Congratulations to Fritz who now is a jurymember as well.
Jury member Fried Stol noticed the number plate could be from Lugano (Switzerland) but it is actually from Lugo (Galicia, north of Spain), where this vehicles were really common. During the Spanish Civil War, Mussolini´s government sent his army to help the Franco troops, and after the war the material was sold. Most of Autocarrettas went to the North of Spain, to be used in the abrupt mountains and forest (Spain is the second most mountanious country of Europe, after Switzerland). This 'autocarretas' were heavily used (even until the 1980s). The owner of this unrestored example also has six more of this rare OM, some of them restored (see photos). Special thanks to photographer J. Rubén . 


#2 2013-03-16 20:59
The information that I have about the "spanish" Autocarrettas OM is that in March 1938 came to Spain 328 units of the 32 and 35-36 models
#1 2013-03-16 10:41
The unrestored Autocaretta, as the green restored one, are both windshield-less (no lateral mountings for it), while the 1936 OM Autocaretta (model 36) had windshield. Only the later Autocaretta 37 had no windshield, but that model had (again) solid rubber tires. It might be not a 36, but an early version of the 37 with 36 wheels, as the definitive version of the 37 appeared only in october 1938.

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK