|Ilves was designed by Mr. Paavo Lammer. Bodywork was done by Mr. Olavi
Rannikko, paintwork by Mr. Kauko Vainikainen and upholstery by Mr. Erkki
They all worked at that time for Autokoritehdas K.Nummela
Co. in Turku (Åbo) Finland.
This firm was founded by Kustaa Nummela in 1937. This company was run
by Mr. Juha Nummela and Mr. Olli Nummela. Their grandfather founded Autokoritehdas
"Ilves" was ordered by Mr. Pentti Aaltio, who owned an auto and spare
part dealership in Turku. The company was called "Auran Auto Co".
In the 60´s they sold BMW, MAN and Tempo cars, trucks and vans.
|Ilves is based on Citroen Traction Avant technics. The engine (engine
no. AD-08290), radiator,
steering and linkage, front axle, pedals and transmission were manufactured
Also front fender (15cv) and hood are based on Citroen parts. The rear
axle (Kone ja Sähkö Co)
and rear suspension (Vihersaaren Jousipaja Co.) were locally
made. Ilves was completed in 1952.
It took very long time to build the first Ilves and
the costs were high, so only one car was manufactured. Later in the
50´s it became easier to import cars to Finland.
Ilves was in daily use untill 1965.