Lesser-known models from SKODA AUTO’s 125-year history: The LW three-wheeler from Laurin & Klement
In the same year, the young Czech company introduced the CCCC, its first in-line four-cylinder engine, and expanded its two-wheeler range to include models with water-cooled engines, such as the single-cylinder ‘LW’ model.
It was not until the three-wheelers based on the LW motorbike, which, unlike the two-wheelers, carried the engine in front of the chain-driven rear wheel, that the advantages of water cooling really came into their own: The seating position of the passengers or the loading box above the front axle restricted the three-wheelers’ supply of cooling air. Another hurdle on the way from the motorcycle to the three-wheeler was that the engine capacity of up to 0.8 litres also increased the resistance to starting the engine, which at that time was started by pushing it. The decompression lever could also be used to switch the engine off, and in an intermediate position, the lever allowed the engine speed to be reduced for a short time without adjusting the carburettor.
Apr 01, 2020 at 16:07