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Laurin & Klement RK/M (1921): Racing driver Count Sascha Kolowrat-Krakowsky’s favourite model

Immediately before the sale, however, von Liebieg had acquired the licence to build valveless slide engines for the RAF 18/50 HP from the Swabian specialist Daimler. In 1913, Laurin & Klement incorporated the luxury Landaulet with the name RK into their own model range practically unchanged; the model designation stood for ‘RAF-Knight’.

The 1,400-kilogram vehicle had a 4712 cm3, 36.8 kw (50 hp) slide-valve engine. Count Sascha used the Laurin & Klement RK as a private car, but in 1913 and 1914 he also competed with it successfully in the Alpine Rally, one of the most popular long-distance races of the time.

Kolowrat-Krakowsky, therefore, had no trouble convincing the firm to rebuild the now eight-year-old vehicle: it was given a new four-cylinder racing engine with overhead valves and double electric magneto ignition, which delivered 55 kW (75 hp) of power from a 4,713 cm3 displacement. From then on, the model was given the designation RK/M.

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