Laurin & Klement

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Laurin & Klement
Private
Industry Automotive
Founded 1895
Founder Václav Laurin and Václav Klement
Headquarters Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
Products Automobiles
Laurin & Klement vehicle from 1905, Škoda Auto Museum

Laurin & Klement (1895–1925) was a Czech automobile, motorcycle and bicycle manufacturer in Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia; and it is the predecessor of Škoda Auto.

The company was founded in 1895, and named after its two founders: Václav Laurin (born 27 September 1865, died 4 December 1930), and Václav Klement (born 16 October 1868, died 13 August 1938).

Car production commenced in 1905, and the company soon became the largest car manufacturer in Austria-Hungary. In 1925 the company was acquired by the Škoda Works, and operated henceforth under the brand Škoda Auto (Škoda).

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