AFA 1943 car, the only car that remains exhibited at mNACTEC
The AFA was a Spanishautomobile manufactured between 1943 and 1944. Little is known about the marque other than that a few (1 or 2) 5cv 4-cylinder cabriolets were built by Juan Aymerich Casanovas in Barcelona. AFA is for Aymerich Fábrica de Automoviles or Aymerich Automobile Factory. AFA had a four-stroke 527 ccengine, that could produce 13 hp at 3500 rpm. The AFA microcar had a manual transmission with four gears with a top speed of 85 km/h. The company exhibited at the Exposición Automovilista Nacional in Madrid on July 10, 1944. In 1935 Juan had created the failed "National Ruby" car, due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War he was not able to go to production. But his experience served as the basis for the AFA. The AFA prototype was registered in Barcelona in April of 1943, with the registration number B-72.107 and its patent number was 159,882. Juan Aymerich Casanovas hope to make 100 cars annually, but only produce one or two cars. Franco died on in 1946 and Joan Aymerich then abandoned the car project in 1947. In 2008, a son of John Aymerich contacted the mNACTEC Terrassa, which took the only car today and did a restoration. After three years working on the restoration of the AFA it is now on exhibition at Transport mNACTEC.