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SPA 9000C

Self-Propelled Gun Truck

Mounting the 102/35 Ansaldo Cannon


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 1915- Mounting the 102/35 Cannon
1916- Mounting the 105/29 Cannon
Manufactured by: Truck: SPA (SocietÓ Piemontese Automobili); Cannon: Ansaldo AB
Crew:  
Armament: (1) 102mm Cannon
Engine:  
Miscellaneous Info: The first of two versions of this vehicle was named the Autocannone da 102/35 su SPA 9000C.  It used the chassis of the SPA 9000C 5-Ton truck mounting the Schneider et Cie. designed and Ansaldo built, 102/35 Naval gun.  Those guns were normally used on Italian Destroyers, but a number were diverted for use with these vehicles. 

The second version appeared soon afterwards and instead mounted the superior 105/29 cannon.  The main visual differences between the two versions centers on the cannon.  The earlier 102/35 gun had a short recuperator mounted over the barrel. The later 105/29 had a long recuperator, but mounted under the barrel.  In addition, the earlier vehicle mounted the 102/35 in the center of the rear load bed, whereas the later 105/29 was mounted at the extreme rear of the vehicle.  Both versions used long stabilizer trails, but as the truck couldn't handle that extra weight, they were carried separately on cargo vehicles. After the war, the 102/35 cannon were removed from the SPA trucks and reportedly returned to the Navy.  Regardless, in the 1930's the cannon were repurposed and fitted with modernized fire control systems.  They were then mounted on contemporary Fiat 634N heavy Trucks, and saw service in World War Two as the Fiat 634N 102/35 Self-Propelled Gun Truck.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  SPA 9000C 102/35 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Photo Iveco Oto Melara Consortium
  SPA 9000C 102/35 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Photo Wikimedia Commons via "freeforumzone.leonardo.it"
  SPA 9000C 105/29 Self-Propelled Gun Truck Photo Nicola Pignato via Ralph Riccio- Elverson, Pennsylvania USA

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
SPA 9000C Self-Propelled Gun Truck Information & Photos Armored Cars in the WW1

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
Italian Truck-Mounted Artillery In Action

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio and Nicola Pignato

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Autocannone SPA 9000 da 102/35 Model Kit (R076)

Criel Model 1/35 Resin

Autocannone 102/35 su SPA 9000C (Travelling Position) Model Kit (72037)

GB Modelli 1/72 Resin

Autocannone 102/35 su SPA 9000C (Firing Position) Model Kit (72038)

GB Modelli 1/72 Resin
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider