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The Tatra JK 2500

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Tatra is one of my all-time favorite carmakers, and any day I learn about a Tatra I wasn’t aware of is a grand day indeed. Today is such a day, and I want to share it with you. Friends, behold the loveliest, most air-coolingest V8 GT car ever to never be actually made, the Tatra JK 2500.
The Tatra JK 2500 dates from 1954, and while it’s badged as a Tatra and often considered to be a Tatra prototype/study for a possible GT car, there seems to be two different stories about the origins of the car. One suggests it was always a project outside the company, from a Czech coachbuilder called Karosa Brno.
Are those sliding windows?
Another version of the story suggests that the Tatra company itself was found to have extra capacity around 1951, and the company decided to take advantage of the extra capacity to build a sports/GT car.
It was later put on hold and the car had to be finished by employees after hour, a labor of love and excitement.
Personally, I think the first story is the true one – I don’t believe this started as an official Tatra project, and I think this is the case because of some technical details about the car. First, if you look at the front axle assembly, you can clearly see that it’s from a Volkswagen. It’s a torsion tube axle that may have been from a Beetle (even an early KdF or Kubelwagen is possible, given the time and place). There’s no reason Tatra would have used a VW axle in something they were prototyping, I don’t think.
Also, several sources point out that the car originally had an Alfa Romeo 2.5-liter engine making 66 HP– again, why would Tatra build a GT prototype with an engine they wouldn’t even have been able to easily source? It just doesn’t make sense.
What does make sense is that this thing looks fantastic, and once the engine was replaced with an air-cooled V8 from the Tatra 603, everything got much better. Power went up to 105 HP, and since the engine is air-cooled, the whole water plumbing system could be eliminated, freeing space up front (according to some sources) for the spare.
Tatra had built front-engined cars before, and while seeing an air-cooled Tatra 603 engine in the front is odd, I believe Tatra used this same engine mounted up front on some of their trucks, so it wasn’t unheard of.
The car is named JK 2500 after the designer, Julius Kubinsky. Kubinsky had designed a number of other sports cars, including some F1 cars and a Grand Prix car that got wrecked by a truck prior to the race.
Kubinsky’s design is really lovely, and is in many ways an ideal GT car of the era. The big V8 is actually front-mid mounted, behind the front axle, and the car was said to have perfect front/rear weight balance. The long hood/short deck proportions are classic and the low greenhouse and large wheel-to-body ratio make the car feel purposeful and athletic.
The face has that classic big-eyed/fishmouth look that so many GT cars of the era had, and I find it just as appealing here, with the added benefit of the unusual sound of an air-cooled V8 pumping forth from that front grille.
I even love the chrome-trimmed two-tone paint scheme.
At some point it seems that an attempt was made to interest Tatra in the design for possible production, but it didn’t get anywhere. With the Iron Curtain levels of central control over the factory, this isn’t all that shocking.
Kubinsky ended up using the charming JK 2500 as his personal car for around 13 or 14 years. Nobody seems to know what happened to the car after that. Some suggest it’s in the hands of a secretive, private owner, but there’s no real evidence of that. Perhaps it’s out there, sitting intact in some barn, just waiting to be found.
That’s what I want to believe. That the one-off Tatra JK 2500 is out there like a fast, red-and-black holy grail, just waiting to be found by some lucky bastard.
Anyone reading this in the Czech Republic, please take a moment to check your local barns and report back here as soon as possible.
Tatra is one of my all-time favorite carmakers, and any day I learn about a Tatra I wasn’t aware of is a grand day indeed. Today is such a day, and I want to share it with you. Friends, behold the loveliest, most air-coolingest V8 GT car ever to never be actually made, the Tatra JK 2500.
The Tatra JK 2500 dates from 1954, and while it’s badged as a Tatra and often considered to be a Tatra prototype/study for a possible GT car, there seems to be two different stories about the origins of the car. One suggests it was always a project outside the company, from a Czech coachbuilder called Karosa Brno.
Another version of the story suggests that the Tatra company itself was found to have extra capacity around 1951, and the company decided to take advantage of the extra capacity to build a sports/GT car.
It was later put on hold and the car had to be finished by employees after hour, a labor of love and excitement.

Personally, I think the first story is the true one – I don’t believe this started as an official Tatra project, and I think this is the case because of some technical details about the car. First, if you look at the front axle assembly, you can clearly see that it’s from a Volkswagen. It’s a torsion tube axle that may have been from a Beetle (even an early KdF or Kubelwagen is possible, given the time and place). There’s no reason Tatra would have used a VW axle in something they were prototyping, I don’t think.

Also, several sources point out that the car originally had an Alfa Romeo 2.5-liter engine making 66 HP– again, why would Tatra build a GT prototype with an engine they wouldn’t even have been able to easily source? It just doesn’t make sense.

What does make sense is that this thing looks fantastic, and once the engine was replaced with an air-cooled V8 from the Tatra 603, everything got much better. Power went up to 105 HP, and since the engine is air-cooled, the whole water plumbing system could be eliminated, freeing space up front (according to some sources) for the spare.
Tatra had built front-engined cars before, and while seeing an air-cooled Tatra 603 engine in the front is odd, I believe Tatra used this same engine mounted up front on some of their trucks, so it wasn’t unheard of.


The car is named JK 2500 after the designer, Julius Kubinsky. Kubinsky had designed a number of other sports cars, including some F1 cars and a Grand Prix car that got wrecked by a truck prior to the race.


Kubinsky’s design is really lovely, and is in many ways an ideal GT car of the era. The big V8 is actually front-mid mounted, behind the front axle, and the car was said to have perfect front/rear weight balance. The long hood/short deck proportions are classic and the low greenhouse and large wheel-to-body ratio make the car feel purposeful and athletic.

The face has that classic big-eyed/fishmouth look that so many GT cars of the era had, and I find it just as appealing here, with the added benefit of the unusual sound of an air-cooled V8 pumping forth from that front grille.

At some point it seems that an attempt was made to interest Tatra in the design for possible production, but it didn’t get anywhere. With the Iron Curtain levels of central control over the factory, this isn’t all that shocking.

Kubinsky ended up using the charming JK 2500 as his personal car for around 13 or 14 years. Nobody seems to know what happened to the car after that. Some suggest it’s in the hands of a secretive, private owner, but there’s no real evidence of that. Perhaps it’s out there, sitting intact in some barn, just waiting to be found.

That’s what I want to believe. That the one-off Tatra JK 2500 is out there like a fast, red-and-black holy grail, just waiting to be found by some lucky bastard.
Anyone reading this in the Czech Republic, please take a moment to check your local barns and report back here as soon as possible.

February 14th, 2017

New articulated Tatra trams for Egypt

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In early 2017 the tender committee of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority has decided to give acceptance for the production of 15 articulated trams to Ukrainian company “Tatra-Yug”. This was preceded by a lengthy tender process, including a visit of a special Egyptian commission to the production facilities and inspection of Tatra-Yug tramcars. As a result, the quality and reliability of products has played a key role.
Thus, the Ukrainian manufacturer with 24-years experience in the production of tramcars on the largest factory Pivdenmash bypassed competitors such as Stadler (Switzerland), CRRC Corporation (China) and other large-scale producers in Europe and Asia and received the order to produce the rolling stock for the oldest tram system in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. The project is designed so that new, modern trams will be able to ride on the streets of Alexandria in the near future. The proposed tramcar will be made in accordance with all requirements of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority and in view of new technologies for operation in difficult exploitation conditions, including climate. The project is unique not only in technical terms, this is the first order in Africa this scale for the Ukrainian manufacturer of tramcars. It will employ about 250 Ukrainian companies, involved in the production process, improve the image of Ukraine, not only as an exporter of raw materials, but also as an industrial power.
The ceremonial signing of the contract took place on February 6, 2017 in Alexandria in the presence of the governor of Alexandria Reda Farhat and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt Hennadii Latii.
“This contract with Alexandria – is the starting point for Tatra-Yug for the dissemination of high-quality Ukrainian product in the MENA region. We are proud of the quality of our trams and of 95 percent localization of production in Ukraine, because it is thousands of jobs and huge contributions to the budgets of all levels to revive the economy of our country “- said CEO Anatoly Kerdivara after signing.
TatraPivdenUkrain
In early 2017 the tender committee of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority has decided to give acceptance for the production of 15 articulated trams to Ukrainian company “Tatra-Yug”. This was preceded by a lengthy tender process, including a visit of a special Egyptian commission to the production facilities and inspection of Tatra-Yug tramcars. As a result, the quality and reliability of products has played a key role.
Thus, the Ukrainian manufacturer with 24-years experience in the production of tramcars on the largest factory Pivdenmash bypassed competitors such as Stadler (Switzerland), CRRC Corporation (China) and other large-scale producers in Europe and Asia and received the order to produce the rolling stock for the oldest tram system in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. The project is designed so that new, modern trams will be able to ride on the streets of Alexandria in the near future. The proposed tramcar will be made in accordance with all requirements of the Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority and in view of new technologies for operation in difficult exploitation conditions, including climate. The project is unique not only in technical terms, this is the first order in Africa this scale for the Ukrainian manufacturer of tramcars. It will employ about 250 Ukrainian companies, involved in the production process, improve the image of Ukraine, not only as an exporter of raw materials, but also as an industrial power.
The ceremonial signing of the contract took place on February 6, 2017 in Alexandria in the presence of the governor of Alexandria Reda Farhat and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt Hennadii Latii.
“This contract with Alexandria – is the starting point for Tatra-Yug for the dissemination of high-quality Ukrainian product in the MENA region. We are proud of the quality of our trams and of 95 percent localization of production in Ukraine, because it is thousands of jobs and huge contributions to the budgets of all levels to revive the economy of our country “- said CEO Anatoly Kerdivara after signing.

http://tatra-yug.com.ua/index.php/en/

Tatra5KAR

In the past, Egypt also owned Tatra trams. The Tatra K5AR was an articulated tramcar built by ČKD Tatra. It was unusual in that it was one of the few tramcars built by ČKD Tatra to be exported outside of Eastern Europe, and was designed specifically for the city of Cairo, Egypt, which took 200 examples. The K5AR was bi-directional and was fitted with 3 doors in each car, and its electrical equipment was designed to withstand the sub-tropical climate of Egypt. After less than a decade in service, the vast majority of these tramcars were in very poor condition owing to over-loading and poor maintenance, and only a small handful remained in service until the mid-1980s.[1]

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February 14th, 2017

Merry Christmas to all Tatra fans!

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T2TramXmas2016

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December 22nd, 2016

Czech T 87 stamp

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Historical means of transport – car Tatra 87

Release Date: 21st September 2016
Name of issue: Historic Transport: Tatra 87
Nominal value: CZK 16
Catalog number: 903
Graphic design: Vaclav Zapadlík
Print sheets: 50 stamps in a check register: 25 + 25 pcs car biplane
Image Dimensions stamp: 40 x 23
Type of print: full color offset

Historické dopravní prostředky - automobil Tatra 87


Mark Story:

Tatra 87 car is higher grade manufactured by Tatra Czechoslovakia from 1937 to 1950. It is a luxury aerodynamic car, the successor to the Model T 77 A. Its quality demonstrated Tatra 87 in 1947-1950, when this car silver undertook Jiri Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund trip to Africa and South America. According to the US newspaper The New York Times is a collectible car of 2010, beating strong competition 651 cars. In 1936 they produced the first two prototypes of the T-87 for tests and in 1937 another five cars test series. Tatra 87 was officially introduced in 1937. Since 1938 he has produced T-87 series. In 1940 they were produced and two convertibles for possible use in the military. After the war he continued serial production of T-87 with minor changes to the bodywork until the 1950s.
(Source www.cpost.cz)

FDC – first day cover:

The stamp is issued a first day cover and a special postmark.
(Source www.cpost.cz)

Historické dopravní prostředky - automobil Tatra 87


Historické dopravní prostředky - automobil Tatra 87


Historické dopravní prostředky - automobil Tatra 87


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http://www.infofila.cz/historicke-dopravni-prostredky-automobil-tatra-87-r-2-c-5735

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November 4th, 2016

Tatra T 813 used to broadcast at pirate radio weekend in the Netherlands

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T813SallandRadiohttp://www.sallandcentraal.nl/kachel-fm-maakt-zich-met-legertruck-op-voor-feestweekend

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September 15th, 2016

Cambodian Tatra stamps

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T815CambodiaStamp

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February 13th, 2016

Croatian Oldtimer Museum has Tatra cars on show; T 87 restoration video

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T57CroatianMuseumSardi

http://www.sardi.com.hr/index1.html

T 87 restoration video: http://www.sardi.com.hr/tatra87_video.html

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February 3rd, 2016

Vote for the T 87 as the most desirable car

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The only Tatra T87 known to be driving in Canada.

http://driving.ca/honda/auto-news/entertainment/vote-for-your-favourite-classic-car-featured-in-2015

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January 7th, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Happy-New-Year-2015-hd-wallpaper

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January 1st, 2016

Silver Bicycle inspired by Tatra T87

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http://www.fastcodesign.com/3050973/if-the-masters-of-the-art-world-designed-bikes-theyd-look-like-this

Published under Miscellaneous
September 12th, 2015
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