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Lord K's Garage - 11th Issue. GUESS WHERE

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!):

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P.S. The old Bohemian magic hasn't faded away even after nationalization and centralization of the industry:

Post-War Tatraplan & Tatra T603

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Comment by Deven Science on November 15, 2009 at 1:05am
I never knew! Very cool.
Comment by Pablo J. Alvarez on November 13, 2009 at 5:26pm
When the cars were metal sculptures. The Tatra was used by the S.A.S. In Berlin after de war, by dark reasons.
Comment by lord_k on November 13, 2009 at 4:34pm
And some time ago (a long time, actually, but who cares) I was sure that Sodomka were Italian coachbuilders, and not Czech. They worked with Lancia.
Comment by Hayen Mill on November 13, 2009 at 4:26pm
Awesome post and cool cars. I only guessed Czech Republic after seeing the flag ^^
Comment by lord_k on November 13, 2009 at 1:13pm
Nice to hear it, Tome.
Comment by Tome Wilson on November 13, 2009 at 1:04pm
I was going to guess Czechoslovakian. Their cars always seemed to be shorter and more compact than their American counterparts. Photo #5 gave it away for me.

I love the setup of this issue of Lord K's Garage. Very fun!

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