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Italy's Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ armored car


The Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ was based on the Lancia IZ truck.

The driver sat at the front behind a sloping armored plate. The fighting compartment mounted a round turret with a single machine gun. Some vehicles had another smaller turret on top of the main turret. Some models carried two machine guns in the turret.


  • Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ: 120
    • Production: ? - 1918


World War I Use

The Lancia modello IZ started out as a truck that had a fireman's ladder mounted on the rear. These were used by 4"/102 mm units to observe fire.

The Italian units used them against Austria-Hungary in the mountains. Along the Piave, 39 armored cars were used for reconnaissance.

Some armored cars were sent to North Africa in 1917 and used for policing duties.

Albanian Use

There were a few that were given to the Albanians.

Spanish Civil War

A few of the Ansaldos were used by the Italians in Spain, but by this time they were very out of date.


  Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ
Crew 6
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 8,140 lb
3.8 tons
3,700 kg
Length 17' 8 2/3"
5.4 m
Height - with single turret 7' 10.5"
2.4 m
Width 6'
1.824 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Main 1 or 2: MGs
2: MG
Side arms  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 9
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Net HP 35/40, 40
Transmission (Type)  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Speed - Road 37 mph
60 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 186 miles
300 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  


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