Today, the first car at the exhibition is gorgeous, streamlined and... anonymous. Try to guess where it was built. Not when - beyond any doubt, it's 1930s, - but where?
And there are some other cars, too. Can you name their country of origin?
United States? Negative.
Probably, Germany? Nein.
Could it be Italy? No, signori e signore, no.
Or France, maybe? Mais non.
This racer with a distinctive British look is not British at all. It's a Czechoslovak car, and the flag (noticed the flag, anybody?) is perfectly in place. To be exact, it's 1935 Aero 30S Special. And the cars above are: 1937 Skoda Popular Sport Monte Carlo Coupe
1935 Skoda Superb 640
1936 Tatra 70A
1934 Tatra 52 Carosserie by Sodomka
1934/1936 Praga Super Piccolo
Czechoslovak automotive industry is older than Czechoslovakia itself. Before the Great War luxury cars were manufactured in Prague and Nesseldorf - like this majestic 1913 Laurin & Klement M:
In the interwar years Czechoslovak engineers designed a number of technologically advanced cars, the most famous of them is rear-engine air-cooled aerodynamic 1934 Tatra 77:
Among the carbuilders were Skoda and Tatra, Aero, Wikow and Walter, Praga and Z (stands not for Zorro but for the Zbrojovka Arms Factory). Jawa, well-known for its motorcycles, also built cars. Sodomka atelier created high-end bodies not only for domestic-built cars, but also for imported Packards and Lancias.
So, enjoy the slideshow (with most incredible vehicles inside!):