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Twenty-five years ago, the first edition of this book was the first on the subject to be published in English, and, in 1991, received the prestigious ‘Cugnot Award of Distinction,’ bestowed by the Society of Automotive Historians
"A classic example of a car I saw in a book and ended up buying would be my Tatra T87. I bought one almost sight-unseen on account of reading about Hans Ledwinka." Jay Leno, Octane
"A book that restores one of Europe's most radical and influential designers to rightful prominence." The Independent
"A timely reminder of an important part of Europe's technological and industrial history." Blueprint
"The authors have woven together the complex technical story of a large-scale manufacturer and the personal one of a great designer of great distinction in an informative yet readable manner. The result is a book of outstanding merit." The Automobile
"A remarkable story ... This book is long overdue. It is rich in detail and well-stocked with photographs and artwork." Classic & Sportscar
"A nicely produced book with plenty of illustrations ... The book adds to our knowledge of European motoring history." Old Car
"What the book does, above all else, is plug a hole in the history of automobile manufacture and a key designer whose achievements are at least the equal of Porsche, Daimler and Benz." VW Motoring
"The two authors have profoundly researched their subject. The book represents many until now unpublished pictures and designs. Many details may be new even for Tatra connoisseurs. It is indeed entertaining, interesting and written in an easily comprehensible language." Markt Klassische Automobile und Motorrader (Germany)
"The work, lively, but complete, is well documented and distinguishes itself for its excellent historiographical style which makes it a classic of its class." Ruoteclassiche (Italy)
Hans Ledwinka’s innovative Tatra cars were models of design excellence, and, prior to the Second World War, were highly influential in shaping what was to become modern car design concepts and the development of Volkswagen. This book at long last places Ledwinka in his well-deserved place amongst the great car designers.
This enlarged 2nd edition contains updated material and additional illustration.
The story of the Tatra company, which originates in the Central European country of Czechoslovakia, is one of great innovation and avant-garde design in automobile engineering. It is also the story of one man – Hans Ledwinka – and his visionary concepts which have become highly influential, although often undervalued contributions, in the development of car technology.
Until now, Hans Ledwinka's talent has hardly been recognizsed; in retrospect, he can be judged equal to car designers such as Benz, Daimler and Porsche, whose endeavours have been fully recorded many times over. With his revolutionary Tatra cars Ledwinka consistently pushed back the frontiers of automobile construction, and it’s certain that without his inspiration, the Volkswagen in its air-cooled rear-engined form would perhaps never have been conceived. This book suggests that Ledwinka played a greater part in this development than has previously been appreciated.
The authors have covered the full history of the Tatra company, which is one of the oldest factories in continuous automobile manufacture, dating back to the 19th century. By doing this, they have placed both Ledwinka and the Czechoslovak Tatra company back in their rightful places in the history of car design, and provided a fully comprehensive assessment of the influence of Tatra car designs and their inspired creator.
The text of this larger format 2nd edition has been fully revised and updated since the 1990 edition. This new edition also contains many additional illustrations.
The authors have covered the full history of the Tatra company, which is one of the oldest factories in continuous automobile manufacture, dating back to the 19'h century. By doing this, they have placed both Ledwinka and the Czechoslovak Tatra company back in their rightful places in the history of car design, and provided a fully comprehensive assessment of the influence of Tatra car designs and their inspired creator.
Vintage Racecar / Vintage Roadcar
This brilliant second edition, a run of just 1500 copies, pays further tribute to Ledwinka and reinforces his position amongst the world’s great designers.
An important, interesting and well produced book.
I am delighted with this enlarged and improved second edition of a work that received the prestigious 'Cugnot Award of Distinction' bestowed on it by the Society of Automotive Historians ... in the book publishing world it is especially creditable to see such care lavished on a subject matter that might not at first glance appear overtly commercial ... This is a superb 224 page hardback book by Veloce containing 326 historic photographs and some great period colour artwork. Written by the two acknowledged authorities on Ledwinka, this highly recommended book goes into great detail about contemporary work into streamlining by Jaray and others that influenced Tatra and outlines other radical auto technologies being espoused in the Twenties and Thirties throughout Europe and beyond.
Big End / All Torque
A fine tribute to a remarkable engineer.
… comprehensively illustrated with many fascinating photographs, illustrations, period marketing materials and factory images.
Classic Car Weekly
A truly entertaining book.
A beautiful tribute to the genius Ledwinka ... thank you Veloce!
Oldtimer Magazine / Dreamcar Magazine
If 'Tatra' is not yet in your everyday vocabulary, this fascinating book deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who has an interest in automotive history and fine engineering.
The Flying Lady
A 'must have' for those interested in the history of car design.
Hans Ledwinka and Tatra cars were greatly influential in passenger and commercial car design and development.
No comparable book on Tatra and Hans Ledwinka exists in English.
Foreword by Erich Ledwinka, written specially for this book.
Full reproductions of very rare T77 and T87 brochures, in English and German, with all the details and illustrations are included, as are: rare photographs; chronology; sources cross-referenced in the text; technical information covering all models for passenger and commercial vehicles; and a full bibliography.