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Ansaldo AB Lancia IZM

(Model 1918) Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Italy/USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1918
Manufactured by: Ansaldo AB
Crew: 6
Armament: (2) 8 mm machine guns.
Engine: (1) Lancia IZ 4-Cylinder, water-cooled.
Miscellaneous Info:

The IZM was the second batch of Ansaldo-Lancia built, with 110 cars of the improved model ordered in 1917; and all delivered before the end of 1918. Sometimes difficult to identify from the original Lancia IZ (Model 1916) the most obvious difference is the removal of the top machine gun turret, leaving just the one larger, twin machine gun turret. Other features that will help are that the first IZM's usually have two spare tires mounted on the right side of the vehicle (on the IZ they were under the rear). The cooling vents and front armor of the engine compartment are slightly different, and there are fewer vision ports in the armored crew compartment. The front fenders were also simplified. However, some of the original IZ series were modified to initial IZM standard by the removal of the extra top turret and up-dating the chassis. Making it possible to find photos of IZM's with both IZ and early IZM features.  American troops on the Italian Front during WWI trained with and used some of these vehicles.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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Lancia IZM (Model 1918) Armored Car Photos David Haugh - Content Editor

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Reference Author
A Century of Italian Armored Cars (Roadrunner) Nicola Pignato
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Automezzi da Combattimento Dell'Esercito Italiano: 1912-1990 Dr. Nicola Pignato
Bellona Military Vehicle Prints, Series 36 Dr. Nicola Pignato
Captured Armored Cars and Other Vehicles In Wehrmacht Service in World War 2 Werner Regenberg
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
Lancia IZM Autoblinda Model Kit (35004) Copper State Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Lancia IZM Armored Car Model Kit Criel Model 1/35 Resin
Lancia IZ/IZM Armored Car Kit (72016) Mr. Panzer (Italy) 1/72 Resin.
Lancia IZM Armored Car Model Kit

Review by Jeff Larkin

Retrokit 1/72 Resin; Also can be made into a Model 1935 used by the Germans.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

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