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Praga Hostivař
Founded 1907
Headquarters Prague, Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia)
Products trucks, cars, buses, tractors
Parent International Truck Alliance
Website http://www.praga.cz/
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An Austo-Hungarian Army Staff Car manufactured by Praga

Praga Hostivař is a manufacturing company based in Prague, the Czech Republic. The company started as a joint venture in 1907. The factory was largely destroyed in WWII but was rebuilt for production of trucks and buses - since dropped. Today the factory produces components and Machinery. In 2006, it was purchased by International Truck Alliance.[1]

History Edit

It was founded in 1907 to build motor cars as a venture between Frantisek Ringhoffer and the First Czech-Moravian Machine Factory. Ringhoffer only stayed for one year and in 1909 the trade name 'Praga' 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.

Praga 1929 DOHC 1

1929 Praga BD motorcycle

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 steel frame. Praga ended production of both motorcycle models in 1933.

Praga V3S top side

Praga V3S truck

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.

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.[2][3]

Product rangeEdit

AutomobilesEdit

  • 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

All Praga automobile production stopped by 1947.

MotorcyclesEdit

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 TrucksEdit

Praga V3S top side

Praga V3S truck

  • Praga V
  • Praga N (1917)
  • Praga A150
  • Praga RN
    • Praga RND -
  • Praga RV (1935-1939) - 6x4
  • Praga ND
  • Praga V3S (1952-1989)
  • Praga S5T an improved V3S
  • Praga UV100 (prototyp 1985)
  • Praga UV120 (prototyp 1985)
  • Praga UV80 (od 1992)

AutobusEdit

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

TrolleybusesEdit

Light TankEdit

Panzer 38(t) Ausf. S

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


TractorsEdit

Praga Tractor Models
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
Praga AT 1933-34 20 hp (15 kW) Praga AT brochure - 1933-34

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External linksEdit

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