Laurin & Klement was Czech car, motorcycle and bicycle manufacturer brand founded in 1895 in Mlada Boleslav by Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement. Until 1905 the company produced two-wheeled vehicles. The first L&K car was built in 1905. It was Laurin & Klement Voiturette type A. The car had a 2-seated Phaeton chassis and was powered by 2-cylinder 1005 ccm 7 HP engine which allowed to achieve 40 km/h. In 1906 new modification, Voiturette Type B, was designed. Type B used the similar body, but was equipped with the slightly more powerful 1399 ccm 7 horsepower engine. The Laurin & Klement Voiturette was occasionally used in races in voiturette class. In May 1906 a Laurin & Klement engineer and driver Karl Slevogt drove Type A in Vienna – Graz – Vienna touring car trial (Konkurrenz-Fahrt), and the racing debut of type B was in September 1906 in traditional Hill Climb race at Semmering. The race was won by Hermann Braun in Mercedes 120 HP, while Karl Slevogt won in Laurin & Klement Type B in touring car class. Small Czech cars also took 2nd and 4th positions in hands of Karl Kollarz and ex L&K motorcycle rider Vaclav Vondrich. At the same day the chief designer of L&K company, engineer Ressler, won in 90-km run Berlin – Breslau – Leipzig – Dresden in touring car class. This vintage plastic scale model was made by Czech Igra brand in 1970s. See also touring variant of this model.
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