A Brief History of the Marque
The brothers Stránský, František and Mojmír, developed the prototype of the three-wheeled Velorex in 1943 near Ceská Trebová. The Velorex was based on a lightweight tube construction covered with a thin membrane. Their first models were called Oskars and many of the original parts, such as the wheels and suspension system, were adapted from motorcycles. As time passed, the Stránský brothers began developing parts especially for their cars, but they were still powered by motorcycle engines. The coverings consisted of any found materials, including used work clothes.
By the late 60s, the distinctive three-wheelers were equipped with Jawa 350cc twin-cylinder engines replete with four forward and four reverse gears, and a sunroof.
They also built sidecars, some of which were styled somewhat like the Steib.
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