Aero (Czechoslovakia) History
Automotive manufacturer of Czechoslovakia From 1929 to 1951.
Founded in 1919, Aero based in Prague ( Czechoslovakia ) initially produced aircraft. From 1929, the product range was expanded to automobiles and light commercials due to the economic situation .
Aero produced five different production models, various race and test vehicles and prototypes in the course of its automobile production.
The first model Aero 10 (also called Aero 500) was based on the Enka of Břetislav Novotný. The two-stroke - single-cylinder engine made 10 hp from 500 cc displacement . By 1932, 1360 vehicles were built.
From 1931 the Aero 18 (also Aero 662) was added.
This had a two-stroke - two-cylinder engines with 662 cc and 18 hp. From 1931 to 1934 2692 vehicles were produced.
In the years 1933 and 1934, the Aero 20 (also Aero 1000) was produced in relatively small numbers. The engine had been extended to 1000 cc and 24 hp.
These first three models had rear-wheel drive. Until 1932, all had only one door on the right, then a second door.
From 1934 a sporty front-wheel drive with the type designation Aero 30 1000 cc (22 kW / 30 hp) and from 1936 a four-cylinder engine Aero 50 2000 cc (37 kW / 50 hp) produced. These vehicles had a hydraulic brake system and swing axles. Of the type Aero 30 were built from 1934 to 1947 7964 pieces, type Aero 50 1205 vehicles from 1936 to 1941.
These models were mostly designed as sports cars - two-seater roadster with a seat behind. But there were also full open or closed four-seaters. Individual vehicles were also delivered as commercial vehicles.
During the war, two prototypes, Aero P 750 Pony and Aero R 1500 Record, were developed for post-war production. Although orders from abroad were already in place, the car industry of the former Czechoslovakia , which was nationalized in the autumn of 1945, decided not to build the models and concentrate production exclusively on aircraft.
To the business not to be still completely missed and yet the foreign buyers with vehicles of the brand satisfy Aero, which at was Jawa in the war years, two-cylinder model developed (616 15kW cc) Jawa Minor II in Aero Minor renamed produced in other works and distributed under this name. The Minor was a spacious and sporty successful vehicle .
The Aero A 150 (also Aero 150) had a four-cylinder four-stroke engine, 2090 cc and 55 hp. At a curb weight of 1800 kg, its payload was 1500 kg.
The model corresponded to the Škoda 150 produced from 1939 to 1942 and was manufactured by Aero from 1946 to 1947.
Until 1951 with the 11/2-ton L-150 truck based on the Skoda model. This had a 52bhp 2.09-litre 4-cyl overhead-valve petrol engine, but by 1951 had been re-designated the Praga and continued as A150.
The production ended in 1951, after the production facilities for military supplies were claimed.