Malaxa was a Romanian car built in 1945 in Resita in the factories of the Romanian industrialist Nicolae Malaxa, whose name he bears. The car project belongs to a group of engineers and technicians from the ASAM and Malaxa plants in Bucharest and IAR in Brasov, led by engineer Petre Carp.
According to Wikipedia, the Malaxa car had a 3-cylinder engine in the star, with forced air cooling, capable of developing 30 hp. The constructive solution was “everything in the back”, the engine forming a whole with the differential and gearbox. The weight of the engine was 80 kg and the assembly with the differential and the gearbox reached 150 kg.
The Malaxa car had a 3-cylinder star engine
To ensure the engine cooled, a space was left between the ceiling and the roof to channel the necessary air. The air was captured from the front, above the windshield, and was channeled through the double-walled roof with a fan, which absorbed it, directing one part over the cylinders and the rest to the carburetor.
Malaxa offered a high level of comfort and could carry up to six people
The body had an aerodynamic shape, very elegant, with the trunk in the front, under the hood, where the spare wheel was. The body was fastened to the chassis by rubber pads. The maximum speed was 120 km / h and a petrol consumption of 10 l / 100 km.
Its production was stopped when the Soviets decided to move the assembly line to the USSR, after a Moscow official in Sofia was transported by a Malaxa car and was impressed by its performance.
Between 1945 and 1947, about 200 Malaxa machines were produced
Due to the rather difficult economic conditions existing on the entire continent and in Romania, it was not possible to switch to series production. After the Soviets came to power, production was stopped and the assembly line was moved to Podgorye, Russia.
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