Zbrojovka Brno

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Zbrojovka Brno, s.r.o.
Private limited company
IndustryFirearm
Headquarters
Brno
,
Czech Republic
ParentČeská zbrojovka a.s.
Websitewww.zbrojovka-brno.cz
Zbrojovka Brno headquarters and gateway

Pre-war Československá zbrojovka, akc.spol. and post-war Zbrojovka Brno, n.p. was a maker of small arms, light artillery, and motor vehicles in Brno, Czechoslovakia. It also made other products and tools, such as typewriters and early computers.

In 1946, Zbrojovka started making tractors, which it branded "Zetor" ("Z-tractor"). Zetor continues to make tractors in Brno.

History[edit]

The firm was established in 1918 after the foundation of Czechoslovakia.[1]

The Czech-Slovak investment group J&T bought the remaining Zbrojovka Brno complex in 2007.[2]

Products[edit]

Firearms[edit]

Motor vehicles[edit]

1929 Z 18 pick-up truck

Zbrojovka built cars and light commercial vehicles with two-stroke engines. The first model was the Disk, which was a two-door light car with a four-cylinder, 598cc, 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) engine launched in 1924.[3] This was succeeded in 1926 by the Z 18, which was a two-door sedan powered by a two-cylinder, 1005 cc engine producing 18 horsepower (13 kW).[4] This was succeeded in 1929 by the Z 9,[5] which had a 993cc engine producing 22 horsepower (16 kW).[6] Body options for the Z 9 included a four-door sedan or convertible, two-door, four-seat sedan, two-seat convertible and a commercial light truck.[7]

In 1933, Zbrojovka introduced the Z 4, again with a two-cylinder engine. Early versions displaced 905 cc (55.2 cu in) and produced 19 horsepower (14 kW).[8] In 1934, Zbrojovka introduced a 980 cc (60 cu in) version that produced 25 horsepower (19 kW) in standard tune or 35 horsepower (26 kW) in the sports coupé version.[6]

Zbrojovka Z 5 Express two-door sedan

In 1935, Zbrojovka widened its range with two new models, the Z 6 Hurvínek and Z 5 Express. The Z 6 had a two-cylinder engine that displaced 735 cc (44.9 cu in) and produced 19 horsepower (14 kW).[9] The Z 5 engine was modular with the Z 6: a four-cylinder version that displaced 1,470 cc (90 cu in) and produced 40 horsepower (30 kW).[10] Zbrojovka designed a rakish new body style for the Z 5 and Z 6[11] and updated the Z 4 body to a similar style.[12]

Zbrojovka Zetor 15

Zbrojovka ceased production of the Z4 and Z5 in 1936 and the Z6 in 1937. After the Second World War the company concentrated its vehicle manufacturing on tractors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Z historie firmy Zbrojovka Brno mezi dvěma světovými válkami" (in Czech). Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Zbrojovka Brno definitivně skončila - areál byl vydražen za 707 miliónů korun - www.radio.cz, [01-02-2007 14:37 UTC], Zdeňka Kuchyňová, in Czech language.
  3. ^ Tuček 2017, p. 89.
  4. ^ Tuček 2017, p. 91.
  5. ^ Tuček 2017, p. 93.
  6. ^ a b Tuček 2017, p. 187.
  7. ^ Tuček 2017, pp. 188–189.
  8. ^ Tuček 2017, p. 189.
  9. ^ Tuček 2017, p. 305.
  10. ^ Tuček 2017, p. 306.
  11. ^ Tuček 2017, pp. 305–307.
  12. ^ Tuček 2017, pp. 303–304.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Tuček, Jan (2017). Auta první republiky 1918–1938 (in Czech). Prague: Grada Publishing. ISBN 978-80-271-0466-6.

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