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115 years of automotive engineering in Mladá Boleslav: In December 1905 Laurin & Klement presented the Voiturette A

Laurin & Klement invested more than five years’ development time in their first automobile The most important product was the Voiturette A, Laurin & Klement’s first automobile. L&K presented a preview of the Voiturette A in the 44th edition of the Viennese motoring magazine “Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung” of 29 October 1905.

Technology and design of the Voiturette A were well received by journalists The production version of the L&K Voiturette A finally appeared on the front page of the Bohemian weekly “Sport a hry” on Wednesday, 27 December 1905. The author stated, among other things: The Voiturette from Laurin & Klement is not a superficial construction (...) In a word, its appearance is pretty; the lines are elegant (...) It is a perfect car with two seats (...) The speed can be regulated between 5 and 45 km/h [note: this was the maximum speed permitted by the Austrian Automobile Regulations]; the gears are designed to handle a 20 per cent incline. Vilém Heinz’s conclusion was positive; he found this “automobile practical, comfortable and inexpensive.

On 18 January 1906, the Voiturette A received its official approval for use on public roads, and on 15 April, L&K presented the model to the visitors of the Prague Motor Show.

The L&K Voiturette A’s base was a ladder frame and two rigid axles with leaf springs.

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