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Where are my sunglasses?: A colourfull T 603 restoration

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T603restoration2012tatra603garage.deConsidering a T 603 restoration?

Here is a fine example of the work you can come across to.

Enjoy over 300 photos, see the mess, the work and the results.

The colourscheme of the parts won’t be everybody’s choice but the restoration looks serious and thorough.

Have a look at www.tatra603garage.de

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
November 17th, 2012

Video: A trip to the Lane Motor Museum

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jeff-lane-museumGenerally, I like to feature old photos and stories for Flashback Friday. Today I’ve got something different: a video.

About a month ago, I drove a Scion iQ down to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tenn., to experience some of the world’s most unique vehicles (and see if the Scion iQ really is a unique, new design!)

I won’t spoil the fun, but while I was there I had a chance to drive an original Volkswagen Beetle, Fiat 500, MINI Cooper, and Citroen 2CV—along with a Tatra T700 and the world’s smallest car, the Peel P50.

Jeff Lane, the museum’s namesake, was a fantastic host; so were the experts who work at the museum. With more than 300 vehicles, it’s amazing just to see how much work goes into keeping them all running!

We shot a video, embedded below, about the museum and Jeff Lane himself. Try to name all of the cars featured…it may be impossible.

http://autos.sympatico.ca/waste-gate/13229/flashback-friday-a-trip-to-the-lane-motor-museum

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
March 3rd, 2012

Hitting the Tennessee Roads in Rolling Museum Pieces

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NASHVILLE — The Lane Motor Museum is not sitting on its collection.
Located about five miles west of Nashville International Airport, the museum recently enlisted about 100 adventurers to drive some 20 cars from its collection in a fund-raiser rally between the museum and Lynchburg, Tenn.
The event, called the Rally for the Lane, was held twice this year, on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. Participants paid $400 to $800 for the privilege, depending on the vehicle being driven; the fee covered the driver and as many as three passengers. A family-style lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House in Lynchburg, as well as a tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery there, were also included.
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NASHVILLE — The Lane Motor Museum is not sitting on its collection.
Located about five miles west of Nashville International Airport, the museum recently enlisted about 100 adventurers to drive some 20 cars from its collection in a fund-raiser rally between the museum and Lynchburg, Tenn.
The event, called the Rally for the Lane, was held twice this year, on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. Participants paid $400 to $800 for the privilege, depending on the vehicle being driven; the fee covered the driver and as many as three passengers. A family-style lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House in Lynchburg, as well as a tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery there, were also included.

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/hitting-the-tennessee-roads-in-rolling-museum-pieces/

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
October 12th, 2011

Exklusiver Fahrspaß mit V12-Motor

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Wer an Tatra denkt, dem kommt sofort der T 603 in den Sinn. Die bevorzugt in Schwarz ausgelieferte Stromlinien-Limousine glich einer Zigarre vom Typ “Robusto” und war von 1956 bis 1975 die S-Klasse der sozialistischen Brüderstaaten hinter dem Eisernen Vorhang. Ein luftgekühlter V8-Motor im Heck mit 2,5 Liter Hubraum schob den Luxusliner “Z cesky¿ch luhu a háju” (Bedrich Smetana: “Durch Böhmens Hain und Flur”). Doch die Tschechen konnten auch anders. Im niederländischen Druten erwartet uns ein Tatra T 80 mit V12-Motor.

Von 1931 bis 1938 nur 25 Mal gebaut, zählte der große Tatra T 80 zur reichlich vorhandenen globalen V12-Prominenz: In Europa Daimler (GB), Horch, Maybach und Hispano-Suiza, in den USA Cadillac, Franklin, Lincoln und Packard. Zu Beginn der 30er Jahre hatte nämlich fast jeder (Premium)-Automobil-Hersteller ein Spitzenmodell mit prestigeträchtigem V12-Motor im Programm, um sein technisches Potenzial zu beweisen. So war es auch bei Tatra. Dabei nutzte das teure V12-Cabrio das gleiche technische Konzept wie seine Brot-und-Butter-Markenbrüder.

Text: http://www.stern.de/auto/news/exklusiver-fahrspass-mit-v12-motor-1720580.html

Photos: http://www.stern.de/auto/news/exklusiver-fahrspass-mit-v12-motor-1720580-photoshow.html

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
August 25th, 2011

A visit to the reopened NTM

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The Czech National Technical Museum reopened its doors last month after a long reconstruction period. The main hall still houses the Museum’s basic Tatra collection: The original Prasident, the Rennzweier, a T 75 convertible, the Thomas Masary T 80, a T 77a and of course the Hanzelka/Zikmund T 87.  Cars are now exhibited in periods along  vehicles of other brands with contemporary films projected on the walls.

More pix: http://gemik.blog.cz/1102/narodni-technicke-muzeum-fotoprohlidka

http://www.ntm.cz/en/museum/collections/industrial-design

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
April 10th, 2011

Norman Foster and his freshly aquired T87

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British architect Norman Foster recently acquired his freshly restored T 87 in Geneva.  It was restored by Ecorra. Watch a video of his T87 on a test drive by Ecorra people:   http://auto.idnes.cz/ 

Foster has become a real streamlined car fanatic, recreating  Buckingham Fuller’s Dymaxion:  http://boingboing.net/

Profile: http://www.designboom.com/portrait/foster/bio.html

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
April 10th, 2011

77 years of Tatra T77

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The T77 was introduced exactly 77 years ago, on March 5th, 1934.

The Tatra Museum honours this memorable day in automotive history.

 

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Czech: http://ostrava.idnes.cz/

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
March 6th, 2011

Not for Tourists: ‘Den of Antiquity’ is its Own Private Museum

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Paul Greenstein’s corner garage on Glendale Boulevard doubles as a collector’s paradise. Photographer Gary Leonard and reporter Anthea Raymond get the scoop.

GreensteinOn a recent rainy Sunday, Paul Greenstein greets me and photographer Gary Leonard at his “Den of Antiquity.” Despite the weather, music blasts through the open garage door off Glendale. We enter to see a sprawl of gear and machines inside. A car is on a lift.      

“People always walk in and ask me to fix stuff,” Greenstein said.  “And I say, ‘No.’  This is mainly for my stuff. “  More….

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
January 12th, 2011

T 87 unloaded from a spaceship

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t87AlienFinally, proof that T87’s were reverse engineered from Alien spaceships! (well, according to Paul Greenstein)

see also: http://www.cptr.us/tatra.html

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
December 6th, 2010

Spanish T 87

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T87MalagaMuseumA T87 has found a place in the eccentric car section of the Malaga Auto Museum. The museum has an extraordinary collection, presented in thematic areas that describe the different styles which characterize the artistic evolution of the XX century.
A Great variety of representative models of the best marks like Hispano, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Delage, Packard, Jaguar, Mercedes, Ferrari among many others.
High upholstered quality made of Visón, ostrich or crocodile, nacre dashboards, lalique mascots, handles in ivory and silver, precious woods, lights with Swarovsky crystals, exotic ornaments, etc. The top model automobile in all its glory.

The modern car with the art and fashion!

A glamorous collection of “vintage” hats, with pieces from the beginning of the century until the 60s will be exhibited. High fashion with Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balmain, etc.
Artists, stylists, journalists, photographers, creative minds in general and other specialists will discover an atmosphere full of masterpieces, sculptures, facilities in relation to the automobile and its history.
An innovative museum ahead of its time in traditional concepts that will certainly be one of the most interesting ones in Europe and that will contribute to make of Malaga an important destination for cultural tourism.

http://www.museoautomovilmalaga.com/ingles/coches/excentricidad.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12700690@N07/5224508554/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Published under Tatra Classic Car News
December 6th, 2010
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