Automotive carriage

Automotive carriage

Inv. 9082
Interpretation by Giorgio Canestrini, 1952 - 1955

The model is constituted of a carriage structure with three wheels plus a fourth wheel mounted on a long bar acting as rudder. Mechanisms previously studied by Leonardo are put to use in the carriage, such as leaf springs, springs, and toothed wheels. The carriage is actuated by a manual loading system for the leaf springs, which transmit, via a complicated system of gears, their stored power into the moving wheels, causing it to advance. The transmission is independent for each wheel, thanks to a differential gear. Long considered an ancestor to the automobile, this carriage probably refers to a study for a stage machinery.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus f. 812 r. (1478)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana