I was delighted to see an illustration of the Faun car in your April issue. Your caption to this picture is somewhat inappropriate, as the Faun used to be a well-loved car in Central Europe during the 1920s, although I must admit that I have never seen the sports car. The touring car was a typical German medium-sized vintage car, robust, heavy, reliable and slow, and particularly well-suited to the atrocious roads of my country of birth, Bohemia.
I must, however, correct you on the data regarding the Faun Sport. The 64 x 110 mm. engine was used on the touring cars only, and had pushrod overhead valves. The Sport had a single o.h.c. engine, with a bore of 66 mm. and a stroke of 110 mm., giving a displacement of 1 1/2 litres.
I wonder if some of the more-knowledgeable readers of Motor Sport could solve this puzzle for me? A couple of years ago I had seen a car in Klagenfurt, Austria, which looked identical to the pre-war Fiat 1100 (Tipo 508 C), but the radiator badge stated that this car was a Csepel. I know that the Csepel works in Hungary manufactured all sorts of heavy machinery before the war, but not motorcars as far as my knowledge goes, nor is any mention made of Csepel cars in Doyle’s “The World’s Automobiles.” Could it possibly be that some patriotic expatriate Hungarian had a Csepel badge made to be fitted to his Fiat, or did Csepel build a few Fiat prototypes, in which case, this particular car must be a most rare and valuable specimen?
Cape. Hermann Smetacek.