Tatra - The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka is the story of the Tatra company, which originated in the Central European country of Czechoslovakia. It is a tale of great innovation and avant-garde design in automobile engineering. It is also the story of one man - Hans Ledwinka - and his visionary concepts which have become highly influential, although often undervalued, contributions to the development of car technology.
Until now, Hans Ledwinka's talent has hardly been recognised; in retrospect, he can be judged equal to car designers such as Benz, Daimler and Porsche, whose endeavours have been fully recorded many times over. With his revolutionary Tatra cars Ledwinka consistently pushed back the frontiers of automobile construction, and it's certain that without his inspiration, the Volkswagen in its air-cooled rear-engined form would perhaps never have been conceived. This book suggests that Ledwinka played a greater part in this development than has previously been appreciated.
The authors have covered the full history of the Tatra company, which is one of the oldest factories in continuous automobile manufacture, dating back to the 19th century. By doing this, they have placed both Ledwinka and the Czechoslovak Tatra company in their rightful place in the history of car design, and provided a fully comprehensive assessment of the influence of Tatra car designs and their inspired creator.
The text of this larger format 2nd edition has been fully revised and updated since the 1990 edition. This new edition also contains many additional illustrations. The book also has a new foreword, written by Norman Foster, the British architect, and proud owner of a Tatra T87, who pays tribute to the aesthetic qualities of this design classic and captures the fascination of both designers and motor historians with the development of Tatra.
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Ivan Margolius is an author of memoirs and a number of books and articles on art, architecture, engineering, design and automobile history. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he studied architecture there. Following his arrival in London in 1966, he practised at Foster and Partners, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Yorke Rosenberg Mardall. His interest in Czech politics, history, technology and design spurred-on his publishing ventures. Since 2000, Ivan is the owner of 1949 Tatra T600 Tatraplan. John G. Henry was born in Northern Ireland and studied in England. He is a projects manager involved in several important building designs in the United Kingdom and in the Middle East. Since his studies, he has been researching innovative achievements in automobile history.Review:
"This book provides an in-depth history of the third oldest car company, and the achievements of its prewar driving force ... the large format,greatly improved reproduction and the many new images, particularly theappended period brochures, will make it difficult to resist adding thisone to your bookshelf ... the book remains a fine tribute to aremarkable engineer." The Automobile, January 2016
"A testament to the Czech Republic's greatest marque and its talented engineer." Classic Cars, February 2016
"The Tatra brand may be gone, but the memories persist of the outstanding cars of this Czech marque and with them also lives the significant man who designed these vehicles : Hans Ledwinka. This book allows many insights into the genius of the design and progressiveness of constructions ...The work is extensively illustrated and impresses especially by the historical detail images that bring the reader closer to the very early Tatras." Zwischengas.de
"Margolius and Henry fill a gap in car history with this book ... this book is a 'must have' for those interested in the history of car design." CarArtSpot.com
"What distinguishes this book is its scope ... The book has a depth and completeness ... This fascinating book deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who has an interest in automotive history and fine engineering." Speedreaders.info
" "This brilliant second edition pays further tribute to Ledwinka and reinforces his position amongst the world's greatest designers.", TKC, September 2016
A beautiful tribute to the genius Ledwinka ... thank you Veloce! Oldtimer Magazine/ Dreamcar Magazine A fine tribute to a remarkable engineer The Automobile a 'must have' for those interested in the history of car design. www.carartsport.com If "Tatra" is not yet in your everyday vocabulary, this fascinating book deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who has an interest in automotive history and fine engineering. The Flying Lady A truly entertaining book Auto Express comprehensively illustrated with many fascinating photographs, illustrations, period marketing materials and factory images. Classic Car Weekly I am delighted with this enlarged and improved second edition of a work that received the prestigious 'Cugnot Award of Distinction' bestowed on it by the Society of Automotive Historians ... in the book publishing world it is especially creditable to see such care lavished on a subject matter that might not at first glance appear overtly commercial ... This is a superb 224 page hardback book by Veloce containing 326 historic photographs and some great period colour artwork. Written by the two acknowledged authorities on Ledwinka, this highly recommended book goes into great detail about contemporary work into streamlining by Jaray and others that influenced Tatra and outlines other radical auto technologies being espoused in the Twenties and Thirties throughout Europe and beyond. Big End/All Torque This brilliant second edition, a run of just 1500 copies, pays further tribute to Ledwinka and reinforces his position amongst the world's great designers. tkc (Totalkitcar) The authors have covered the full history of the Tatra company, which is one of the oldest factories in continuous automobile manufacture, dating back to the 19'h century. By doing this, they have placed both Ledwinka and the Czechoslovak Tatra company back in their rightful places in the history of car design, and provided a fully comprehensive assessment of the influence of Tatra car designs and their inspired creator. Vintage Racecar/Vintage Roadcar An important, interesting and well produced book. Classic driver (monthly)
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