Aero 50 Dynamik Sodomka 1939 – USA

Aero 50 Dynamik, to jeden z sześciu wykonanych na zamówienie samochodów, zbudowanych przez wybitną, przedwojenną, czechosłowacką firmę. Jego konstrukcja opiera się na podwoziu z niezależnym zawieszeniem, napędem na przednie koła i dwusuwowym, czterocylindrowym silniku. Na tej supernowoczesnej, jak na czasy powstania, platformie zabudowano awangardowe nadwozie, narysowane i wykonane z prawdziwym polotem. Projekt czeskiego konstruktora nadwozi Josepha Sodomki inspirowany był projektami Figoni et Falaschi. Historię sześciu Dynamików opisuje Karel Jicinsky w swojej książce Historia Automobili Aero. Samochód, który oferowany jest na aukcji, to numer 5. Pierwotnie dostarczony został Františkowi Loudzie, byłemu olimpijczykowi w rzucie młotem. Otrzymał go w 1940 roku i używał do 1942 roku, kiedy postanowił ukryć go w stodole. Po wojnie Louda podarował Aero swojemu przyjacielowi, profesorowi historii Europy Środkowej na Uniwersytecie Kolorado, gdzie Aero spędziło prawie 15 lat. W latach 80-tych samochód został całkowicie odrestaurowany. Oszałamiająca kreacja, nie prezentowana publicznie w ostatnich latach, jest jednym z dwóch zachowanych egzemplarzy, z których drugi znajduje się w stałej kolekcji muzealnej. Jest to zatem jedyna szansa dla konesera fascynującej inżynierii i designu Art Deco na zdobycie fantazji Sodomki. Aby spełnić to marzenie na koncie trzeba posiadać około 300 – 400 tysięcy dolarów, a jeżeli chcecie licytować to czas na uzbieranie tej kwoty macie do 18 sierpnia.

1939 Aero Model 50 Dynamik by Sodomka Darin Schnabel ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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LOT 122
1939 Aero Model 50 Dynamik by Sodomka
Offered from Masterworks of Design
$300,000 – $400,000 USD

Chassis No. 3102 30 6
Identification No. P02996
Documents: US Title

A unique Czech coachbuilt fantasy
One of two known survivors of six examples built
Incredible original Figoni-inspired “teardrop” coachwork
Known ownership history from new
The subject of a Salon feature in Road & Track magazine

Those seeking a unique automobile can look no further than the Aero 50 Dynamik, a series of six similar but custom automobiles built by the prominent prewar Czechoslovakian firm Aero. These used a platform chassis with independent suspension, front-wheel-drive, and a motorcycle-type two-stroke four-cylinder engine; the engine has dual carburetors, an aluminum head, and a quad distributor with four sets of points, so that each cylinder is individually timed.

On this state-of-the-art, wildly engineered platform was a no less avant garde body, drawn and executed with abundant flair and no shortage of Figoni et Falaschi inspiration by Czech coachbuilder Joseph Sodomka. With its sweeping lines, baroque curves, “envelope” fenders, and exquisite detailing, including headlights blended into the tips of the fenders, stylized Sodomka monograms on the spats, and a dorsal fin on the rear deck, it was as spectacular an automobile as the former Czechoslovakia ever built.

THE ARIZONA DYNAMIK

The history of the six Dynamiks is recorded by Karel Jicinsky in his book, Automobily Aero a jejich doba (“Aero Automobiles and Their History”). Car number 5, that which is offered here, was originally delivered to František Louda, a former Olympic hammer thrower and champion amateur boxer, turned prominent carpenter and architect, who received it in 1940 and proceeded to use it until 1942. That year, he joined the Resistance to the invading Axis Powers, and perhaps wisely chose to hide his eye-catching automobile in a barn.

Following the war, Louda gave the Aero to his friend, S. Harrison Thomson, a professor of Central European history at the University of Colorado. In December of 1945 Thomson had the car shipped to Colorado, where it remained for nearly 15 years. A succession of owners followed, eventually placing the car in the Arizona desert near Tucson, where it sat for nearly 10 years in the dry desert climate.

In the 1980s the car was rescued and fully restored to its present condition, with much of the restoration work undertaken by Don Vogliesand of Seattle, Washington, who was able to recreate the missing original Sodomka trim and badges. The car was refinished in a stunning black and red livery, with a matching black-piped scarlet leather interior facing a beautiful French-inspired dashboard. The engine was restored by Mike Fennel of Saugas, California. Not unsurprisingly, the fascinating Dynamik attracted much attention in the Western press, including features in the June 1990 issue of Road & Track and the December 1985 issue of Classic & Sports Car.

A stunning creation not seen in public in recent years, the “Arizona” Dynamik is one of two extant, the other of which is in a permanent museum collection. Thus, this marks the only opportunity for the connoisseur of fascinating engineering and Art Deco design to acquire Sodomka’s coachbuilt fantasy. It is a testament to the sheer amazing things that can come from the most unlikely places.