TATRA from Czechoslovakia
Tatra are one of the oldest surviving
car manufacturers in the world. They have a long history of
innovation, and still exist today producing their own unique trucks.
Many of the unique and innovative features of Tatras are the work
of Hans Ledwinka who designed many of the cars produced before W.W
II. Many of the features of Ledwinka's designs are still in use
Tatra T12 from the late 1920s featuring a 1056cc flat twin
air-cooled engine and a backbone chassis with independant suspension.
Tatra T30 from the late 1920s featuring a horizontally opposed 4
cylinder air-cooled engine of 1680cc, backbone chassis, and
Pre War Tatra T87 featuring a 2968cc air-cooled overhead cam V8
engine mounted in the rear and an advanced aerodynamic body
1950s Tatra T600 (Also known as the Tatraplan). Rear mounted 2
litre air-cooled flat four engine in another advanced aerodynamic
The Tatraplan proved so popular that additional production was
carried out by the Skoda factory.
1960s Tatra T603. Rear mounted 2.5 litre V8 air-cooled engine.
Again using an aerodynamic body style.
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This car has a 3.5 litre V8 four overhead camshaft air-cooled
engine mounted above the rear wheels ! With this car Tatra perfected
the rear engine configuration and produced a car with no handling
Info on Tatra T613
MTX V8 - Czech built supercar using Tatra T613 engine. Yes! this
car was designed and built in a Communist country. A newer (post
communist era) version is believed to be in production by Laurin and
Klement in the Czech Republic.
with door open
in black !
1994 Tatra T613-5. Tatra used British expertise to update the
T613. Major improvements were made to the engine (Fuel injection,
engine management computer, increased power), suspension, and to the
levels of trim and standards of finish. The example pictured here is
one of a few right hand drive cars made for the UK market.
The last Tatra car was the T700 which was developed from the
T613-5. This car features improved styling, and was available built to
order to the customers specification. Body styles include the
standard 4 door (pictured here), LWB version, and 2 door Coupe.
Engine options were from 3.5 litres to 4.5 litres, air cooled, 4 OHC
V8. Power from 230BHP upwards.
info about the T700
The T700 was further developed and the 1998 version
featured a restyled rear end.
Record breaking, highly tuned, T700 Coupe built by Eccora in
Since the year 2000 Tatra have been taken over first by the American firm SDC and then by Terex. The last cars were made in 2000, when it was decided to concentrate on the Truck business. The trucks feature a backbone chassis with all independant suspension, and all wheel drive. This makes them particularly good for all terrain use. Their high performance over rough ground makes them a popular choice for truck trials and events such as the Paris Dakar Rally where they are consistant strong finishers in the truck section with many first, second and third places
Tatra Register UK
- The UK based club for English Speaking Tatra owners and enthusiasts
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