PRAGA Czech Republic

Praga 

1 1930 Praga Alfa car

 1930 Praga Alfa car
2 PragaCzechAutomobileMakerAusto-HungarianStaffCar

 An Austo-Hungarian Army Staff Car manufactured by Praga

Praga is a manufacturing company based in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2006, it was purchased by International Truck Alliance.

History

Praga was founded in 1907 to build motor cars as a venture between entrepreneur František Ringhoffer and the company 1. českomoravská továrna na stroje (“First Bohemian-Moravian Machine Works”, later a founding part of the ČKD factories). Ringhoffer only stayed for one year and in 1909 the trade name Praga (“Prague” in Latin) was adopted. One of its early models was built under licence from the Italian company of Isotta-Fraschini.

Praga also diversified into building engines and gearboxes for other applications such as aircraft and tanks.

In 1929 Praga merged with ČKD, one of Czechoslovakia’s largest engineering companies.

In 1929 ČKD’s BD motorcycle was re-branded under the Praga marque. This was an advanced four-stroke single-cylinder unit construction double overhead camshaft model of 500cc designed in 1927 by JF Koch. The “BD” designation was retained as its model name.

In 1932 Praga added a second motorcycle model, the BC. This had a single overhead camshaft engine of 350cc, shaft drive and a pressed steelframe. Praga ended production of both motorcycle models in 1933.

The factory was largely destroyed by air raids in 1945. After the Second World War it was rebuilt and resumed truck and bus construction. In 2007 it produces gearboxes and hydraulic machinery.

The M53/59 Praga was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun developed in the late 1950s. It consists of a heavily modified Praga V3S 6 wheel drive truck chassis and twin 30 mm AA autocannon.

In June 2011 the company unveiled at Dutch Supercar Challenge GT races in Belgium, new car Praga R4 with eight-cylinder engine of 520 hp, which has not been so far homologated for normal road traffic. According to company owner Petr Ptacek will follow gradual steps, so new Praga cars were not seen only at racetracks, but we could meet them in traffic.

3 Brno, Řečkovice, transportér Praga V33 II

 Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun PV3S PLDVK vz. 53/59 – “Ještěrka” (“Lizard”). The chassis and the motor was produced in Praga.

Products

Automobiles

  • Praga Mignon (od 1911)
  • Praga Baby
  • Praga Piccolo
  • Praga Piccolo 1128
  • Praga Super Piccolo
  • Praga Lady
  • Praga Alfa (1913-1942)
  • Praga Golden
  • Praga Grand 8 (od 1912) limousine
  • Praga R4S

All Praga automobile production stopped by 1947, but was continued in 2011 when Praga constructed the R4S. It utilized a 3.2 liter V8 based on the Suzuki Hayabusa engine and produced 530 BHP, with a total weight of only 88 kilograms. The R4S have been well received throughout by the media, but the company’s choice to not utilize either CFD nor windtunnels has been criticiced. A neat feature on the R4S is the markings for camber and toe, which eliminates the need of advanced tools. Now, engineers know that a specific amount of “clicks” represents a certain degree of camber or toe.

Motorcycles

4 Praga 1929 DOHC 1

 1929 Praga BD motorcycle
  • Praga BD 500 DOHC (1929-1933)
  • Praga BC 350 OHC (1932-1933)
  • Praga ED 250 (1999-2003) – enduro
  • Praga ED 610 (2000-2003) – enduro

Praga Trucks

5 13-07-28-Ústí-21

 Praga V3S truck
  • Praga N (1915-1931) – 4 ton truck (4×2)
  • Praga A150 (1947-1951) – 1.5 ton light truck (4×2)
  • Praga RN (1933-1953) – 3 ton truck (4×2)
    • Praga RND (1934-1955) – modification of RN with diesel engine
  • Praga RV (1935-1939) – 2 ton army truck (6×4)
  • Praga ND (1938-?) – 7 ton heavy truck (4×2)
  • Praga V3S (1952-1989) – 3 ton all-terrain truck (6×6)
  • Praga S5T (1956-1974) – 5 ton truck (4×2)
  • Praga UV100 (prototype 1985)
  • Praga UV120 (prototype 1985)
  • Praga UV80 (1992-2001) – multi-purpose medium truck (4×4)

Buses

  • Praga NDO
  • Praga RN and RND
  • Praga A150 – autobus version of the A150 truck

Trolleybuses

Light Tank

6 Panzer 38(t) Ausf. S

 Panzer 38(t)Ausführung S in the German Panzermuseum in Munster.

1907 en 1969 1916 Praga V 1918 Praga V bus 1925 Praga AN 1927 Praga AN Charabanc 1927 Praga vyrazene-autobusy-v-osade-kazin IM000083.JPG 1928 Praga charabanc bus 1929 MHV Praga Piccolo 1929 Praga DOHC 1 1929 Praga Piccolo 1930 Praga 01 1930 Praga Alfa 1930 Praga Piccolo 1 1931 Praga Kellner cabrio 1932 Praga 500 cc dohc 1932 Praga Grand 5 1932 Praga Grand 1934 Praga Baby - cabriolet body 1934 Praga Baby roadster 1934 Praga Super Piccolo Sport Coupe 1935 Praga RN early series 1936 Praga lady roadster 1937 Praga AN 6 prAN 1937 Praga AV, 6x6,  staff car 1937 Praga TO 1937 1938 Ambulance Praga Lady jako ambulans 1938 praga nd 6cyl 2493cc 40hptov 1938 Praga ND 1938 Praga RV, 6x6 1939 Panzerwagen 1939 Praga NDO 4x2 1939 praga NDO bus Jizda 1940 Praga Pantzerwagen-grimmen 1946 Praga A-150 [Typ 943] 1946 Praga RND Trolleybus montak-rnd 1947 Ambulance Praga Lady-08 1947 autobus praga RND 1947 Autobus PRAGA, RND 1947 Praga RND r. v. 1947 PRAGA RND 1948 Brno, Řečkovice, autobus Praga RND IM000463.JPG 1948 Praga rnd1 1949 Praga RN IM000736.JPG 1949 PRAGA RNDa 1950 Praga RND c 1950 Praga RND reg.značky 3A6 9276 1954 Praga V3S, 6x6, with M51 MLRS 2002 Praga Alfa TN, 4x4 Ambulance Praga RND Ambu Brandweer Trucks Praga RN 2306 p cisterna Brno, Řečkovice, transportér Praga V33 II Panzer 38(t) Ausf. S Praga Badge Praga diverse Praga Piccolo Praga Prazska tovarna na automobily 1907-1948 Polen Praga RN Sodomka PRAGA RN Praga RND Bus. Model AT-008 Praga RNDz PRAGA RV Praga S5T PRAGA V Praga V3S (2) Praga V3S (3) PRAGA V3S (4) Praga V3S Oz-88 1 Praga V3S top side Praga V3S Praga PragaCzechAutomobileMakerAusto-HungarianStaffCar Praga-Logo Praha hlavní nádraží, akumulátorový vozík electrowagen Praha

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