Another Gem from Behind the Curtain

Kurczewski, Nick
June 2005
AutoWeek;6/27/2005, Vol. 55 Issue 26, p23
Trade Publication
This article presents information on Tatra cars. If variety is the spice of life, then Tatra SA's car was the European habanero pepper of the auto industry prior to World War II. These cars used rear-mounted, air-cooled V8s, semi-monocoque chassis and, most significantly, spectacular aerodynamic bodywork. After being nationalized in 1948, Tatra's plan for a smaller, less expensive car, the Tatraplan, was well under way. But in 1951 the Czech government ordered Tatra cease car production. In 1953 Tatra was allowed to develop a large luxury sedan, with a primary condition it be sold only to high-ranking government and military officials.


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