I was in Munich for DLD, a conference, and I had a morning to kill. So I joined a group tour of modern art museum Pinakothek der Moderne’s design wing. There was all kinds of impressive stuff — but I immediately gravitated to a crazy-looking, beautiful car.
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Not perfect, but it is coming close. But the sills, sliding roof, headlamps, rear number plate holder all don’t seem to have the right dimensions.
The original - Little-known Tatra trucks, of Czech origin, present unusual technical characteristics. First, they are driven by air-cooled diesel engines, such as Magirus Detz, but they are also equipped with a beam chassis on which are grafted the three axles of the trucks making a very long travel 6×6 of suspension. Making it robust construction trucks. Regarding the T148 S3 appeared in 1969, it was powered by a 6-cylinder in line 7412 cm3 which developed 96 hp at 2,400 r / min allowing him to move his 11-tonne payload to about 60 km / h. More . A video? Another? The miniature - Signed Ixo, the Czech truck there really a place in the collection of old trucks to have traveled our roads? I leave it to fans to debate. For my part I will not answer me simply to look and make the presentation. Like the career Berliet GLR200 dump to the colors of SCREG, the TATRA T148 S3 reproduced in fine style lines, volumes and colors of the original. And, more easily than the first city, it has a functional lift bucket career with rear tilt. Also lifting mode are different. To be fair to Ixo the attention to detail on this truck is also distributed in the collections to the countries of Eastern Europe. This may explain that. Two wipers are placed quite thin at the base of the windshield in two parts. The front wings are surmounted antenna pattern and front turn signals. The wheels are equipped with wheels to original drawings. Note the tilted position and fair view of the spare tire mounted on the left side of the chassis. Which is plastic on the truck and supports the various tanks and a toolbox. The wheels are matched on the two trains back of the 6×6. The large rear flaps support the signaling devices, good color, and registration; There is even the funnel to guide the docking of a possible trailer, but without the hook of it. The interior of the cabin is occupied by the driver’s seat and a two-seater sofa brown. The instrument panel has a panel with two semi-circular dials. The chassis is unique to this model and has a reported aluminum exhaust.
But as we reached the area showing the roots of the Volkswagen Beetle, full of KdF cars and early Beetle prototypes, I realized something was missing. If Volkswagen were sophisticated enough to give credit where credit is due to, say, Citroen for the DS, surely there would be at least one Tatra in the joint. After all, Ferdinand Porsche has admitted to at least being inspired by Hans Ledwinka’s Tatra designs. And even if he hadn’t admitted a thing, it’s tough to deny that the Beetle design wasn’t on some level influenced by the contemporary Tatra V570. So I asked my guide, a slick young Dutchman who had probably spent half his life with the company: “are there any Tatras in the Zeithaus? Where are they?”
My guide gave me a peculiar Dutch look that didn’t betray a thing. “Tatras?” he asked. “What’s a Tatra?”