For demonstration purposes, official factory “cutaway” models were individually manufactured of various Leica models over the decades. The cutaway versions of the Leica I are extremely rare – there are only a handful of original specimens known to exist in collections worldwide.
The Leica model I A cutaway model with number 30663 is listed as a “Schnittmodell” (cutaway model) in the factory records. Furthermore, the camera is also published in Lager Leica, illustrated History, Vol. I, on page 25.
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