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Tatra President (1994)

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Tatra practically lost government orders in the 1990s and relied on exports to Britain, which did not work out. President Vaclav Kral was to be appointed for the Czech head of state …

The Tatra 613 representative limousine needed the successor literally as a salt in the 1980s. However, the all-new 625 engine with a front engine, in addition to a lack of finance, has definitely bridged the political changes at the end of the decade. The second option was a bigger upgrading of the existing model. After all, the prototype had more than two decades of career.

Fojt

Finally, a cheaper version was made, with the greatest possible use of existing parts, including the skeleton of the bodywork and the roof. The “organ donor” became 613-4 Mi Long. The prototype was designed by Václav Král and was created in the existing Ecorra company in Lubina. He was named President by the first car or coach, which was driven out of the Kopřivnice road in 1897, so Tatra returned to the roots … First of all, the name Fojt (mayor, rector, purkmistr) was used, an interesting car was born Retained the sixteenth-century features, but underwent considerable modernization.

The line was drawn by the designer in February 1990, all started on the basis of the requirements of the Ministry of the Economy, which wanted to renew the fleet. However, the 613 “New Face” project (new face) was put on ice and the cooperation was restored after four years, the new director of the Pribor plant (there were 613 produced) Zdeněk Michálek. Ecorru then led the former Kopřivnice developer Vítězslav Hinner.

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Changes

The most remarkable change of the car would be found in the bow. The prolis at its center referred to pre-war “irons” starting with Revolutionary Type 11 . The rear fenders have been redesigned to fully arched, or the artist’s son, George, asserted the use of the front, “tail” then angular, more massive and not so low. From the original design of the early 1990s, a decent wing and triangular side windows disappeared. The car remained modern integrated plastic bumpers with spoilers and highlighted side sills. The limousine could boast a slim and dynamic, even wedge-shaped appearance and sports lines. And most of all, the windscreen and the rear window.Vignale’s design turned out to be timeless … The body was finished in June 1994, and was made mostly by hand.

Volvo and Opel

The main headlamps came from the Volva 850 and the cranks for change from Opel Omega A , the knurled horizontal belt of the rear reflectors was born in the Autopalu in Nový Jičín. The luxury car was, of course, an air-cooled DOHC eight-cylinder forklift with a ninety-degree opening over the rear axle, specifically with a 3498 cm 3 capacity and basic drilling and stroke parameters of 85 x 77 mm. Thanks to the multipoint fuel injection, it delivered 148 kW (201 hp) at 5750 rpm. The five-speed direct-shift transmission translates its power (300 Nm / 4000 rpm) of course only to the rear.Technically, virtually nothing has changed, not even a chassis with a wheelbase of 3130 mm from longer versions of type 613. The exhaust pipe was equipped with a three-way catalytic converter. A four-door five-seat 1850 kg sedan was up to 230 km / h and burned 10.1, 12.8 and 14.9 liters of gasoline for a hundred kilometers. The data corresponded to the then methodology: the first figure consisted of 90 km / h, the second at the 21st and the third in urban traffic.

For the president?

The car was driven out of the Tatras plant in August 1994 and was introduced to a narrow circle, including the then President Vaclav Havel, to get his name. The head of state also personally tried it in an unannounced visit and she was really surprised. However, the public did not see it, but the official presentation was finally dropped. In 1994, development work was stopped at the command of the new Tatra management. Despite the more refined interior with a four-arm wooden steering wheel, gray-leather dashboard, air conditioning and even a video player, this was not a major upgrade.

The Rare President, instead of the official presentation at the October Motor Show in Prague, went to the collections of the factory museum in Kopřivnice, where we can see it in a permanent exhibition today. It is functional, occasionally appearing on exhibitions and other events. Several tried and tested elements came into production in the last sixteenth version of the 1995 model. Some opponents of the King’s intervention consider the President as ugly, Vignale’s work allegedly “tortured” . Matter of opinion. Orthodox Tatra fans do not let him do it, it is wonderful for them.

700

The successor was shortly in two series produced type 700 (1996-1999), which was largely based on T613, but it represented even more significant change and more intense innovation. Brit Geoff Wardle line in front skewed. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, which was already considered for the President, has come up here. In the second row, the horseman went through the modification of the sculptor Jiří Španihel’s pen, lost the spoiler and smothered. The Coupon-Privatized Tatra, which was overwhelmed by bankruptcy, had already relied on British exports earlier, but only 613/5 for Tim Bishop’s importer came into being … The seven-part became the last personal type of brand. Finally?

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June 1st, 2017

Tatra renovating 1986 Paris – Dakar truck

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Tatra and the restoration of the T 815 6×6 VE “Sharp II” from the Paris-Alger-Dakar rally 1986

Tatra and the restoration of the T 815 6x6 VE "Sharp II" from the Paris-Alger-Dakar rally 1986
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In September, Tatra Trucks acquired one of the first Koprivnice competition specials for the Paris-Alger-Dakar marathon in 1986 and is now revealing further progress in its renovation.
Present owners of the Koprivnice carmaker do not only pay attention to its current production and future, but it also depends on supporting and saving its history as it is an integral part of the process of brand building.
Thanks to the consistent effort of Ing. Radomíra Smolka, a member of the Board of Directors of Tatra Trucks as and its technical director, was investigated by the owner of the competition car T 815 6×6 VE Ostrý-II of the serial number TNT815P17FK030641 with which the crew Zdeněk Kahánek, Miroslav Gumulec and ing. Josef Kalina with the start number 635 -Alger-Dakar 1986.
In September 2016, this vehicle was acquired in the collections of historical Tatra trucks, and restoration and reconstruction works were started immediately. At the beginning of January this year, the renovation of an exceptional vehicle was roughly in the first third of the whole schedule. It is now halfway behind, and the Koprivnice carmaker reveals further progress.
The centerpiece of the second third of the restoration and renovation work, one of the first Tatra Tattoos in Dakar, was the preparation and production of the superstructure. At the same time, work continued on completing the cabin and chassis. The support tube, the axles, the subframe and the part of the drive train are practically ready for the final finish.
Tatra Trucks states that the cab has undergone a general overhaul with the replacement of several sheet metal parts and has been fitted with an internal security frame in the 1985 version. Little surprise, for example, was the finding that the original dimensions of the tubes for the interior frame production are no longer available on the market, But luckily, the material needed has yet to be won.
The cabin already boasts a new varnish and is currently undergoing installation of internal equipment, an electric beam starting with the coating materials ending. In its original form, the special comes thanks to the 1986 modified bumper and the unique side wind deflectors. The prototypes were original and were missing after the return.
A separate chapter in the entire renovation process of the Dakar special is the superstructure. The original, which has undergone the hell of using and rebuilding under the thirty year service to several owners, remained in France. Respectfully, Jean Philipe took it back from Koprivnice back mounted on the Phoenix 8×8 Euro 6 chassis, for which the T 815 “Ostrý-II” was replaced.
As a result, according to the manufacturing documentation for standard platforms from the second half of the 1980s, it was manufactured and modified in the same way as the original ones. The whole process, of course, was not so simple, because some of the design procedures or rather the way of thinking are practically unrepeatable.
Technical Director Ing. Radomír Smolka therefore did a huge amount of work in de facto reconstruction of the whole body, including all the interior equipment. This time, of course, in line with current trends, primarily in electronic form. Beyond the scope of his duties, the designers Helena Křížková and Jakub Machálek helped him to draw up the drawing documentation.
Production of the superstructure and their individual parts took place both in the Kopřivnice factory and in the external companies. The grid superstructure itself and tarpaulin curves with side profiles of unique dimensions were manufactured by the Ecos high-tech companies, otherwise the supplier of the Tatra Force cabins.
The final assembly is a matter of a team of colleagues at the prototype workshop and actually opens the third, final, third of the renovation of this specialty. Renovation workshop is coordinated by Petr Gilar, one of the best test drivers of Tatra vehicles, an employee of the Vehicle Examination and Homologation Department.
In the seventeenth week, the outsourced company was commissioned to produce the sail and the graphics of all advertising stickers and starting numbers were completed to complete the look of the refurbished car.
The dedicated places in the warehouse are already filled with accessories, which eventually “sharp-II” make their way to the final state.
The pedal boats that have been saved from the barn in France have undergone repassion and got the final white lacquer. The pedal plates themselves had to be made from 6 mm aluminum material all over again, as the original ones still serve somewhere in West Africa. Directly from the 3D model, spherical pans were machined to fit the pedals on the levers.
Similarly, so-called “cobras” of engine suction and a whole bunch of other little things have been rebuilt and manufactured. Michelin XS 14.00-20 tires, which were made with five pairs, will definitely take on the new parts.
The Tatra T 815 6×6 VE with the starting number 635 is also interesting for the eighties and above all ABC magazine readers. It also served as a model for the top-quality paper model made by the architect Richard Vyškovský. The 1:32 racing truck had wheels on the swinging arms and copied perfectly the terrain that was passing over.
The sister car with the starting number 634, however, was a model for the 1:48 scale Monti System, which is still available on Vista.
In September, Tatra Trucks acquired one of the first Koprivnice competition specials for the Paris-Alger-Dakar marathon in 1986 and is now revealing further progress in its renovation.

Present owners of the Koprivnice carmaker do not only pay attention to its current production and future, but it also depends on supporting and saving its history as it is an integral part of the process of brand building.

Thanks to the consistent effort of Ing. Radomíra Smolka, a member of the Board of Directors of Tatra Trucks as and its technical director, was investigated by the owner of the competition car T 815 6×6 VE Ostrý-II of the serial number TNT815P17FK030641 with which the crew Zdeněk Kahánek, Miroslav Gumulec and ing. Josef Kalina with the start number 635 -Alger-Dakar 1986.

In September 2016, this vehicle was acquired in the collections of historical Tatra trucks, and restoration and reconstruction works were started immediately. At the beginning of January this year, the renovation of an exceptional vehicle was roughly in the first third of the whole schedule. It is now halfway behind, and the Koprivnice carmaker reveals further progress.

The centerpiece of the second third of the restoration and renovation work, one of the first Tatra Tattoos in Dakar, was the preparation and production of the superstructure. At the same time, work continued on completing the cabin and chassis. The support tube, the axles, the subframe and the part of the drive train are practically ready for the final finish.
Tatra Trucks states that the cab has undergone a general overhaul with the replacement of several sheet metal parts and has been fitted with an internal security frame in the 1985 version. Little surprise, for example, was the finding that the original dimensions of the tubes for the interior frame production are no longer available on the market, But luckily, the material needed has yet to be won.

The cabin already boasts a new varnish and is currently undergoing installation of internal equipment, an electric beam starting with the coating materials ending. In its original form, the special comes thanks to the 1986 modified bumper and the unique side wind deflectors. The prototypes were original and were missing after the return.

A separate chapter in the entire renovation process of the Dakar special is the superstructure. The original, which has undergone the hell of using and rebuilding under the thirty year service to several owners, remained in France. Respectfully, Jean Philipe took it back from Koprivnice back mounted on the Phoenix 8×8 Euro 6 chassis, for which the T 815 “Ostrý-II” was replaced.
As a result, according to the manufacturing documentation for standard platforms from the second half of the 1980s, it was manufactured and modified in the same way as the original ones. The whole process, of course, was not so simple, because some of the design procedures or rather the way of thinking are practically unrepeatable.

Technical Director Ing. Radomír Smolka therefore did a huge amount of work in de facto reconstruction of the whole body, including all the interior equipment. This time, of course, in line with current trends, primarily in electronic form. Beyond the scope of his duties, the designers Helena Křížková and Jakub Machálek helped him to draw up the drawing documentation.

Production of the superstructure and their individual parts took place both in the Kopřivnice factory and in the external companies. The grid superstructure itself and tarpaulin curves with side profiles of unique dimensions were manufactured by the Ecos high-tech companies, otherwise the supplier of the Tatra Force cabins.

The final assembly is a matter of a team of colleagues at the prototype workshop and actually opens the third, final, third of the renovation of this specialty. Renovation workshop is coordinated by Petr Gilar, one of the best test drivers of Tatra vehicles, an employee of the Vehicle Examination and Homologation Department.

In the seventeenth week, the outsourced company was commissioned to produce the sail and the graphics of all advertising stickers and starting numbers were completed to complete the look of the refurbished car.

The dedicated places in the warehouse are already filled with accessories, which eventually “sharp-II” make their way to the final state.
The pedal boats that have been saved from the barn in France have undergone repassion and got the final white lacquer. The pedal plates themselves had to be made from 6 mm aluminum material all over again, as the original ones still serve somewhere in West Africa. Directly from the 3D model, spherical pans were machined to fit the pedals on the levers.

Similarly, so-called “cobras” of engine suction and a whole bunch of other little things have been rebuilt and manufactured. Michelin XS 14.00-20 tires, which were made with five pairs, will definitely take on the new parts.


The Tatra T 815 6×6 VE with the starting number 635 is also interesting for the eighties and above all ABC magazine readers. It also served as a model for the top-quality paper model made by the architect Richard Vyškovský. The 1:32 racing truck had wheels on the swinging arms and copied perfectly the terrain that was passing over.
The sister car with the starting number 634, however, was a model for the 1:48 scale Monti System, which is still available on Vista.
May 11th, 2017

Video: Liberation Tour Haarlem 2017 with booty T 57K as guest

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T57KLiberationDayHaarlem2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyEVup_1Jn4

(T 57K appears at 9.50, 10.35, 12.10, 15.10)

Published under Events & Meetings, History, Video
May 8th, 2017

Comments on the ex-KGB T 613

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T613KGBFrontEnd

http://www.automobilemag.com/news/classic-drive-1989-tatra-613-3/

Published under History, Press
May 6th, 2017

National Technical Museum Prague marks 70 years from Czech globetrotter tandem’s first trip

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T87HanzZikm15-12-1948Paraquay

ČTK |
21 APRIL 2017

Prague, April 20 (CTK) – The National Technical Museum (NTM) in Prague will mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the first journey of the famous Czech globetrotter tandem Jiri Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund at a commemorative event on Saturday, NTM director Karel Ksandr told reporters on Thursday.

A documentary film screening will show the historic moment when the two young travellers, both economists by training, embarked on their Tatra 87 car and set out for Africa in 1947.

The visitors will be acquainted with Hanzelka and Zikmud’s story. Veteran cars from before 1970 and all types of Tatra cars will be displayed by the museum as well as private owners during the event.

The exhibition will also present authentic items from the tandem’s first journey, such as a gun, a map, some coins, souvenirs and shoes.

A Tatra car’s commemorative ride in the footsteps of Hanzelka and Zikmund, with a three-member crew aboard, will start outside the NTM on Saturday, April 22. At noon, they will depart for a travellers’ festival in Zlin, south Moravia, and then continue to Marseille, France, according to the route the two globetrotters described in their diary 70 years ago, Ksandr said.

When Hanzelka (1920-2003) and Zikmund (born 1919) departed for Africa in 1947 with the aim to go around the world, only a handful of friends parted with them outside the Autoclub seat in Prague. On return 3.5 years later, they were greeted by fans in the streets as popular travellers.

On their first journey, they toured Africa and South and Central America. They crossed 44 countries and covered 111,000 kilometres, including 61,700 in their Tatra car.

They made 10,000 photos and shot 11 kilometres of film on their tour, during which they shared their experiences with the public through immediate radio reportages and later through several books.

NTM expert Petr Kozisek told journalists that Hanzelka and Zikmund’s Tatra 87, on display in the museum, is not the car with which they set out for their first journey.

“The original car ended up in Libya after an accident. They chose another one, also silver painted, in Alexandria, with which they completed most of their trip,” Kozisek said.

The commemorative ride starting on Saturday will use another Tatra that belongs to a private owner.

Published under Events & Meetings, History
April 22nd, 2017

The T 57 is 85 years!

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T57-1932Topolino Amaranto

http://www.magazinveteran.cz/clanek/hadimrska-opravdovou-starenkou-aneb-85-let-legendarni-tatry

Published under History
March 28th, 2017

Hans Ledwinka passed away 50 years ago

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Ledwinka1962https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hsx/2006/06/Hans-Ledwinka/1298685.html

Published under History, Personal
March 2nd, 2017

Miroslav Zikmund celebrates 98th birthday

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T87Zikmund2014

https://translate.google.nl/translate?hl=nl&sl=cs&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.novinky.cz%2Fdomaci%2F429711-legendarni-cestovatel-zikmund-oslavil-98-narozeniny.html

Published under History, Personal
February 18th, 2017

Second print of German language Tatra book now on sale

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NagenTitelseite Ledwinkabuch

The second print of this book has been printed and is available at the better bookshops under number ISBN-Nr. 978-3-950-3964-9-2

The book will also be available in Czech language later on.

Die 2. Auflage des Ledwinkabuches ist nun gedruckt und unter der ISBN-Nr. 978-3-950-3964-9-2 im Handel erhältlich.

Die Generaldirektion der Fa. Tatra hat beschlossen, das Buch in die tschechische Sprache übersetzten zu lassen.

Published under History, Literature & Manuals
January 21st, 2017

T 603 article in Autorevue (CZ)

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T603-1ExplodedView

http://www.autorevue.cz/prvni-tatru-603-dostal-pred-60-lety-prezident-zapotocky-k-narozeninam

Published under History, Press
January 21st, 2017
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