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1906 OTAV Vetturettes in Milan

1905 - 1908

O.T.A.V. (Officine Turkheimer per Autoveicoli e Velocipedi). Around 1900 the famous Milanese bicycle dealer, Max Türkheimer, designed an affordable small car with belt drive. This 5.5 hp model OTAV had such success that in 1906 a more efficient model was presented. The new 18/24 hp four-cylinder with two blocks, double ignition, drive shaft and 3-speed transmission was entered in 1906 sporting competitions. In 1908 Otav halted its business activities in wake of the bad Italian economic situation.


1906 OTAV 5.5hp

This rare car was built in Milan, Italy from 1906 to 1908 by Max Türkheimer. The body is from the famous "Carrozzeria Castagna" and there are only a couple of surviving examples in the world. It had one 1100 cc cylinder, the chain that drove the car was made of two leather straps and the transmission had two speeds. The car won the "Milano-San Remo" race in 1906 (about 400 km in 3 days).


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