Lesser-known models from SKODA AUTO’s 125-year history: The ‘Černá Hora-Montenegro’ buses and vans
Therefore, it did not come as a surprise when L&K received an intriguing enquiry from Montenegro: The southern European principality was looking for suitable vehicles to transport freight and passengers along various postal routes from Podgorica to Cetinje, Nikšić and Plavnica in today’s Slovakia as well as from Cetinje to the port of Kotor on the Adriatic coast.
A demanding task, as L&K General Director Václav Klement discovered on a visit to the location: The narrow roads in the mountainous hinterland of the Balkan state were characterised by steep climbs and descents as well as many extremely tight curves.
To serve as the basis for the ‘Černá Hora-Montenegro’ models, the Bohemians chose the L&K Type E – this light commercial and passenger vehicle had been produced in Mladá Boleslav since 1906.
The compact external dimensions of the Type E commercial vehicles also called for innovative ideas in terms of space utilisation because the basic layout common at the time, with a front engine and a chauffeur positioned behind it, severely limited the available space for people and parcels, given the very short overall length of 3.69 meters. The solution brought a progressive concept that is still in use today: L&K positioned the driver’s seat above the engine – thus the ‘Černá Hora-Montenegro’ models went down in history as the forerunners of today’s forward control trucks.
Apr 06, 2020 at 10:09