Classics, passion for the past

1928 Rally-Cars ABC Ruby 1100

Body Rally Car
Fuel type Petrol
Engine 1100 cc
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Blue
Interior Color Blue
Upholstery Leather
Steering Rhd
VIN 600

One of some 20 survivors of 150 built.

Chassis no. 600
Engine no. DS-2452

•One of some 20 survivors of its type
•Rare steel-body example
•Highly original example
•Ruby DS Grand Sport engine (1,097cc)
•Formerly displayed at the Deutsches Automuseum, Schloss Langenburg (owner president of FIVA Germany 1983 to 1996)
•Mille Miglia eligible
Founded at Colombes-sur-Seine in 1921, Automobiles Rally was one of France’s foremost producers of lightweight sporting voiturettes alongside the likes of Salmson, Amilcar, and SARA. Its earliest products were powered by Harley-Davidson motorcycle engines, but the firm soon moved on to four-cylinder units supplied by Chapuis-Dornier, CIME, SCAP, and Ruby.

At the Paris Salon de l’Auto in October 1927, Rally unveiled an entirely new model: the ABC, a low two-seater featuring an under-slung chassis with semi-elliptic springing. The name was a play on words, specifically ‘abaissée’, meaning lowered. Rally’s own front brakes were fitted, while the fuel tank was positioned ahead of the scuttle, beneath the long bonnet. The first ABCs used 1,095cc four-cylinder Chapuis-Dornier overhead-valve engines; later examples were fitted with 1,100cc or 1,170cc SCAP units and those of other suppliers. Twelve-valve competition and supercharged variants were available. Designed by Charles Rothschild, this new ABC was a considerable commercial success for Rally, and at the 1928 Paris salon it was only model they displayed, featuring new Perrot-type front brakes.

The sporting ABC’s under-slung chassis dramatically lowered the centre of gravity, which combined with the Perrot brakes made for a fast and agile car. On early examples the passenger’s seat was mounted slightly to the rear of the driver’s, although this was later changed to improve comfort. Produced in both open and closed versions, the ABC quickly became a favourite of the sporting motorist. Even the smallest capacity derivative was reputedly capable of over 80mph, and the ABC was a popular choice for up-to-1,100cc class events.

The ABC’s competition palmarès includes respectable results at the Grand Prix de l’ACF, Spa 24 hours, San Sebastian Grand Prix, Bordeaux Grand Prix, Burgundy Grand Prix, Bol d’Or, Mille Miglia, and the 1929 Brooklands ‘Double Twelve’ where one finished 3rd. The 1929 Paris-Saint Raphael and Paris-Nice races brought two victories in the 1,100cc category, while at the Tour de France Automobile, out of three 1,100cc-class finishers, two were Rally ABCs that completed the course without penalties. At the Comminges Grand Prix, Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier secured 3rd place driving her own SCAP-engined Rally, behind two Amilcar C6s. A Rally finished in 4th place at the 1930 Grand Prix of Morocco, while at that year’s Mille Miglia, the SCAP-engined ABC crewed by Conconi/Camavelli finished 71st overall and 16th in class.

The Rally ABC is, with the Lombard AL3, considered the most beautiful of the 1,100cc-class sports-racers of its time. It is estimated that around 150 cars were made, of which some 20-or-so survive. Like many of its contemporaries, Rally was not strong enough to survive the economic depression of the early 1930s, and the factory closed its gates in the summer of 1933.


Rally ABC 600 is a desirable Ruby DS Grand Sport-engined version, which with some 30-34 horsepower available it is said to be more powerful than other models. Chassis number ‘600’ was owned by Swiss collector Hans Bodmer in 1970, and in 1984 went to the Deutsches Automuseum at Schloss Langenburg, where it was displayed until 2011 when Hans Van Kleef bought it. Presented in beautiful condition

First registered 30 June 1928.

1970 to 1984 (14 years) owned by Swiss collector Hans Bodmer

Car restored at Garage F. Köppel Hauptstrasse 26 Au St Gallen 1970 to 1973 See appendix A

30 June 1973 FIVA completed

1974 11th Swiss Motore Venterans Rally

1984 to 2011 (27 years) SD Furst Kraft the 9th Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (nephew of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) Through both of his parents he was descendant of Queen Victoria and Tsar Nicholas I; then, through his mother, he was descendant of Christian IX of Denmark. S.D. Fürst Kraft zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg bought the car from Hans Bodmer, Zürich. Fürst Kraft used the car also for rallyes. Fürst Kraft died in 2004. After his death the car was shown in the exhibition until Feb 2011.

In 1969 he was the First Chairman of the German Automuseum according Richard von Frankenberg (1922-1973) and the President of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens FIVA (1983-1996).

1984 to 2011 the car was displayed at the Schloss Langenburg Waldkletterpark Hohenlohe GmbH Deutsches Automuseum e.V.

In 2011 the museum had to sell some vehicles for the modification.

The museum sold the car in Feb. 2011 to COYS EUROPE, Manheim (

Feb 2011 to October 2017 (6 years) Hans Van Kleef of 37 Lekdijk Langerak Zuid-Holland

May 2011 to January 2013 Engine rebuilt see Appendix B

2014 Palise Loo’s Concours

6 October 2017 sold The Zoute Sale Belgium Bonhams to Darren Morcombe Switzerland.

May 2018 Mille Miglia, Car number 52. Crugnola Roberto and Vida Marco, Finished 8th overall. 6th in Class and winner of the Prova Cronometrata di Baschi/ Montecchio trophy.

June 2018 Varese, car number xx. Morcombe Daren Montalbettti Chiara, 1st in match race 5th overall.

September 2018 Grand Premio Nuvolari car number 21 DNF.

May 2019 Mille Miglia, Car number 50. Morcombe Darren and Montalibetti Chiara, finished 28th overall.

June 2019 Varese, car number 3. Morcombe Daren Montalbettti Chiara, 2nd in match race 4th overall.

September 2019 Grand Premio Nuvolari car number 15 finished 43.