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The first automobile made in Mladá Boleslav – L&K Voiturette A (1905–1907)

The first automobile made in Mladá Boleslav – L&K Voiturette A (1905–1907)


› Laurin and Klement proceeded with their prosperity as a producer of bikes and cruisers with their most memorable vehicle in the pre-winter of 1905

› 44 units of the L&K Voiturette A were created somewhere in the range of 1905 and 1907

The first automobile made in Mladá Boleslav - L&K Voiturette A (1905–1907)


Mladá Boleslav, 3 August 2020 – The primary vehicle of the organization Laurin and Klement, which would later become ŠKODA AUTO, made its introduction on 29 October 1905: the Voiturette A was a light two-seater that was not difficult to drive and arrived at velocities of up to 40 km/h. The 7 hp vehicle likewise dazzled clients with its appealing cost exhibition proportion. 44 units were inherent Mladá Boleslav somewhere in the range of 1905 and 1907.

The Voiturette A got official permitting for use on streets on 18 January 1906 and was first introduced to the general population at the Prague Motor Show on 15 April. With its high level plan, exact designing and appealing cost of 3,600 crowns for the fundamental variant, it was a moment achievement. To give some point of view, the typical specialist procured 2 crowns per day around then. Also, fuel which, back then, was not estimated in that frame of mind of contrasts in quality and thickness, cost 66 hellers for every kilogram. The Voiturette A consumed around four kilograms of fuel for each 100 kilometers.

The suspension of the L&K Voiturette A comprises of a stepping stool outline that upholds two inflexible axles with semi-curved leaf springs. The two water-cooled chambers of the front-mounted V-motor face each other at a 55-degree point. They produce 7 hp (5.2 kW) from a complete relocation of 1,005 cubic centimeters. The immediate shift three-speed transmission is flanged to the gearbox by means of a cowhide covered cone grasp. The power was normally communicated to the back tires through a cardan shaft, yet chains were likewise accessible on demand.

The deft, 465-kilogram vehicle advanced rapidly to a most extreme speed of 40 km/h; it very well may be decelerated by a brake following up on the cardan shaft or by a hand switch working brake drums on the back tires. Notwithstanding the wooden edges with wooden spokes that were normal at that point, Laurin and Klement likewise offered its clients wheels with wire spokes. Rather than two individual seats, there was likewise a possibility for a wide seat; every variant offered an encased boot. The rundown of additional items likewise included lighting, a rooftop and other hardware subtleties. The Voiturette A was accessible in red, green, blue and white.

The “little carriage” established the groundwork for the ensuing unique improvement of the Czech vehicle producer. The scope of models immediately extended – from different vehicles with two-chamber motors to the FF type, which went onto the market in 1907 with an in-line eight-chamber motor, to other traveler vehicles, business vehicles and extremely effective hustling vehicles. Laurin and Klement before long turned into the main vehicle brand in the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy, overwhelming the voiturette section, specifically. In 1908 more than 90% of all new vehicles in this section were from Mladá Boleslav.

The L&K Voiturette A from 1906 displayed in the photos is one of five enduring firsts and is essential for the arrangement of a Czech confidential gatherer. It is roadworthy and will be partaking in the trip to observe ŠKODA’s 125th birthday celebration. Another Voiturette A will be an extremely durable display at the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav. 

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