All fields are required.NEWPORT BEACH 2015 CONSIGNMENTS1956 Avia Streamliner Race Car
Consignment #: 3092
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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 5th – 7th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 3rd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Despite relatively obscure name recognition amongst Western collector ranks, Czechoslovakian manufacturer Avia is no stranger to the automobile. Most notably famous for its world-renowned B-534 fighter biplane of the inter-war era, the company was founded in 1919 as primarily an aircraft manufacturer. They would later become part of Škoda in 1928. Following World War II, Avia was nationalized thus ceasing airplane production and forcing a change in its focus to trucks and other heavy vehicles. Continuing today, Avia exists in two segments: one producing airplane propellers, while the other builds heavy-duty transport vehicles.
By the mid 1950s, Avia began searching for an additional identity and began experimenting with race cars. In 1956, Miroslav Jurca, a very talented driver with good connections to the Avia airplane and car facility, was given permission to build himself a highly developed race car to compete in hill climb events. Avia built between 12 and 15 cars during this period, and Jurca’s Streamliner was one such creation. Built with steel frames and an aluminum and magnesium skin and powered by a BMW 750 cc 4-stroke, the design of the body was clearly inspired by the aircraft experience gained by Avia from the 1920’s up to the time of this car’s construction. The car was quite sophisticated for its time featuring fully-independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, telescopic hydraulic shocks, and torsion bars. Independent rear suspension included coil springs and hydraulic-telescopic shocks. Lightweight alloy-magnesium rack-and-pinion steering and a trans-axial gearbox rounded out this high-tech list of performance equipment. The Avia was made low to the ground, aerodynamically, and lightweight at less than 900 lbs.
The Streamliner did see competition and was raced in the Eastern Bloc and Austria. However, during the late 1950s the Avia race car experiment was temporarily halted as it was seized by the Communist authorities and vanished. It later surfaced in a German museum where it was misidentified as 1948 BMW race car with unknown history. Following its reintroduction to the automotive world, it passed through the hands of various collectors and then in 1987 was shipped to the USA and purchased by noted collector and vintage racer, Bruce McCaw. After a period of his ownership, it was sold to the Pat Hart Collection. The restoration was done in New Zealand by Barry Leitch and in 2010 Mark Sange bought the car and raced it at Infineon Raceway in the CSRG Charity Challenge. This was the first time it had raced in 40 years. It has since raced at Sears Point and the Laguna Seca Monterey Historics. Not one to shy away from the glory of the Concours, this rare and highly unique automobile has been shown at Pebble Beach, Quail Lodge, and Hillsborough Concours, winning many awards.
CAR IS SOLD ON BILL OF SALE