Sunday, March 24, 2013

LAURIN & KLEMENT - Forerunner of Skoda



Vaclav Laurin (1865 - 1930) , a mechanic  and Vaclav Klement (1868 - 1938) , a bookseller , founded the Laurin & Klement Company in 1895. Laurin & Klement Company started as a bicycle repair shop and soon expanded in to manufacture of bicycles. The Laurin & Klement bicycles were sold under the Slavia brand name.

In 1899, Laurin & Klement started manufacturing motorcycles and quadricycles. In 1905 , they introduced the first Motor car - Laurin & Klement Voiturette Type A.

A 1905 Laurin & Klement -


Laurin & Klement won many races including the Prinz-Heinrich race.

A 1925 Laurin & Klement 110 car -



In 1925, in order to face the increased competition , the Laurin & Klement Company was merged with Skoda Works - an industrial giant. Till about 1928, the cars were branded as Laurin & Klement - Skoda and then the Laurin & Klement name was dropped.

Recently , in 2012, the Laurin & Klement name has reappeared in some Skoda models.

The Laurin & Klement logo -

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