How it all began
In the thirties of the last century, Europe was, what car
traffic was concerned, like Sleeping Beauty compared to the
booming American metropolis’. Whereas in New York or San
Francisco you could witness the first traffic congestions, in
many European cities and towns for weeks not a single automobile
with an “Otto Motor” would come into sight. Just the more,
newspaper articles about Luxury Cars from America became a
sensation among readers and created an unprecedented and
Perhaps for this reason, in 1932, our Grandfather sat down in
the small Czech town of Kosova Hora in his small carpenter
workshop and recreated in wood from newspaper photographs the
Ford Lincoln V12. To his wife he mentioned that he crafted the
wooden car for his son, but those who were able to watch him
work knew immediately that he was making the model also for
himself, to be able for once to touch the “Miracle-Car” from
America – even if it was only made of wood and in the scale of
After he finished making the wooden toy car he was forced to
craft an additional dozen of these beautiful Lincolns, because
demand from the people of the town was enormous. It was mostly
adults who stood in line to purchase the toy cars. Of course,
they all claimed to be wanting it for their kids. But when the
local clergy man bought a Lincoln as well, it became clear to
everyone, that the wooden model represented more then just a toy.
It responded to the yearning, created dreams and became an
object of desire.
Probably, our grandfather would have been able to create many
more of these beautiful Lincolns, if the war had not come in the
way in 1939. The horrors of the war and the Nazi regime were
over in 1945, but then, three years later, the Communists came
to power and nationalized his workshop, where he then, as simple
workman, had to witness how it was run down.
The plans and blueprints he had developed for the Lincoln he was
able to save, and they survived in the attic of his home. In
September of 1998 another carpenter was able to build a Lincoln
from these plans.
When we, for the first time, held the Lincoln in our hands we
could sense the fascination emanating from this toy, and we were
able to picture the enthusiasm of the former buyers.
We are proud to say that after so many years, like Sleeping
Beauty, the Lincoln has come alive, and it is made possible to
purchase this toy again.
Additional models were added to form a portfolio of wooden
oldtimers, all in line with the idea of our grandfather, and we
are certain that he would have built them exactly the way they
are looking today.
signed: Jan Dobes