Praga Alfa

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Praga Alfa
Praga Alfa 01.jpg
Praga Alfa
Overview
ManufacturerPraga
Production1913-1942
Body and chassis
Body style4-door 6-seat limousine
4-door 4-seat phaeton
4-door 6-seat convertible
2-door 4-seater convertible
2 door 2-seat coupe

The Praga Alfa was the name used by Praga in Czechoslovakia for one of its principle car ranges. Production started in 1913 and finished in 1942.

Overview[edit]

The Alfa was initially conceived as a cheaper and smaller complement to the Praga Grand and Mignon. Production was halted during World War I but resumed in 1923.[1] In September 1927, an Alfa with a larger 6 cylinder engine was introduced, followed by a completely new model in October 1937.[2]

Alfa 5/15HP[edit]

Praga Alfa 5/15HP
1913 Praga Alfa 5-15 HP.JPG
1913 Praga Alfa
Overview
Also calledPraga Alfa
Production1913
AssemblyPrague, Czechoslovakia
Body and chassis
Body style4-door phaeton
LayoutFR layout
Powertrain
Engine1,130 cc (69 in3) I4
Transmission4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104 in)
Length3,545 mm (139.6 in)
Width1,400 mm (55 in)
Curb weight750 kg (1,650 lb) (phaeton)

Praga introduced the first Alfa in 1913, and successfully sold all the vehicles produced within a year. The car was capable of 55 km/h (34 mph).[3]

Alfa 8/25HP[edit]

Praga Alfa 8/25HP
Praga Alfa (1930) - front.jpg
1931 Praga Alfa
Overview
Also calledPraga Alfa 6
Production1927-1937
AssemblyPrague, Czechoslovakia
Body and chassis
Body style
  • 4-door phaeton
  • 4 door sedan
LayoutFR layout
Powertrain
Engine1,496 cc (91.3 in3) I6
Transmission4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,900 mm (110 in)
Length4,100 mm (160 in)
Width1,530 mm (60 in)
Height1,700 mm (67 in) (sedan)
Curb weight1,150 kg (2,540 lb) (phaeton)
1,250 kg (2,760 lb) (sedan)

Introduced in September 1927, the Alfa 8/25HP was a more powerful development of the pre-war Alfa. The car introduced a 25 kW (34 hp) water-cooled 6-cylinder engine with a removable head incorporating Ricardo combustion units. It was the smallest 6-cylinder engine produced in Czechoslovakia at the time. It had rigid axles, drum brakes and a front-mounted 40 litres (11 US gal) fuel tank. Top speed was 80 km/h (50 mph) and fuel consumption was 11 l/100 km (26 mpg‑imp). Cost of the car was 64,000 CSK. 2500 cars were produced between 1927 and 1929.[2]

In 1929, an uprated version was introduced with a 1,795 cc (109.5 in3) engine rated at 28 kW (38 hp).[2]

Production[edit]

A total of 9257 vehicles were produced.[4]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Tuček, Jan (2017). Auta První Republiky: 1918-1938. Prague: Grada. pp. 23–24.
  2. ^ a b c Tuček, Jan (2016). "Praga Alfa – Šestiválce z Libně". Automobil. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Praga Alfa 1913". GlobalPraga. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Praga Alfa 15. serie (1929)". První Republika II. Retrieved 8 February 2018.