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In German: Tatra 87 – Auferstehung eines besonderen Automobils

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Tatra 87 Wrack

Tatra 87, auch „Achter“ genannt, stellt den Höhepunkt der Konstruktionskunst im tschechischen Automobilwerk Tatra, in Koprivnice dar.

Seine Konstrukteure, Hans Ledwinka und Erich Überlacker haben in dem Automobil alle ihre bisherigen Erfahrungen vereint und sinnvoll realisiert. Luftgekühlter Motor, aerodynamische Karosserie ein leichtes, steifes Fahrwerk mit zentralem tragendem Rohr. Dieses Konzept hat sich über Jahrzehnte auch bei schweren Lastwagen bestens bewährt. Das zentrale Rohr hat sogar der geniale Schweizer Motorradkonstrukteur Fritz Egli, zum Beispiel beim „Egli-Honda“ für seine Rennmaschinen adaptiert.


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February 13th, 2014

Nailed to the ground by a T 87 in Munich

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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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February 9th, 2014

Spot the differences

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Our Xmas 2014 competition: spot the differences between the two versions of the Schlumpf museums’s T 87

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December 25th, 2013

VW-Tatra secret cooperation?

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Whoever doubted that VW and Tatra ever built a vehicle together, should look at this picture.

But what do the small letters on the license plate mean?

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November 27th, 2013

Dutch T 603 photographed in 1967

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The two directors of PRANEDA, the Dutch Tatra truck importer, owned personal T 603s ordered in 1963. Shown here is the T 603 of mw. Quanjel. Originally the car was red and later white. It was used by Mat Quanjel himself and his daughter Elly.  Still remembering Tatra, Elly Quanjel contributed to the Dutch Tatra book “Tatra onder de zeespiegel” but also visited this year’s TRN rally where she has a ride with Kees Smit’s T 87. She loved it, but missed the screaming sound of the T 603. Well, no problem. We organized a drive in the Wouter van Diepen/ Marije Koel T 603 and she came out in tears.


November 6th, 2013

Tatraplan spotted in Holland 1964

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November 5th, 2013

David Russell informs us about his Tatraplan

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Then lightning struck one day while I was driving north on Highway 1 around Bodega Bay. Two silver Tatra T87s flew by in the opposite direction. I was captivated by the aerodynamic silhouette and the unique details. When I saw the dorsal fin on the back and the third headlight I knew I had to have one.

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October 4th, 2013

South African T 97

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Not seen very often: A Tatra T 97 and the Franschhoek Motor Museum

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August 27th, 2013

Rare T 75

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While at the Frantisek Prosecky Rally on August 10, in Bystrice nad Pernstejem, I came across this rare T 75 with a body built in Brno.  According to the owner of the car, it was an unknown firm to him.  Ideas and solutions of the unknown body shop are welcomed.

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August 27th, 2013

Front-engined T 97?

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imageWhile at the opening of Frantisek Prosecky’s new Tatra museum in Bystrice nad Pernstejem, featuring tens of cars, motorcycles, mopeds, radios, fashion, pedal cars, toy cars, models and imageautomobiles, I saw two rare Tatras: a T 72 and an unknown Tatra. A arge hearse with a T 97 nose.  It appeared to be a T 30 chassis, fitted with a a hearse body from the unknown coach builder Kladno of Prague. Built in 1938, it features a lengthened T 97 nose.

August 10th, 2013
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