Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tatra Tatraplan - 1952

TATRA TATRAPLAN ....






After the First World War and after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the national car manufacturer is also changing nationality and becomes " Tatra ". At the head of " Tatra "a visionary engineer Hans Ledwinka will develop highly innovative cars (chassis beam, independent wheels, brakes on all four wheels, fixed differential, dual carburetor body, twin-cylinder engine air cooled, the heating interior, etc ...) who had a refinement unusual at the time allowing " Tatra "to acquire fame in Europe. After the Second World War, " Tatra "was nationalized by the government and the toggle activity gradually mainly on the construction of industrial vehicles. The range of cars will no longer be limited over time on a few models ....


The famous Ferdinand Porsche worked for Steyr, an Austrian automaker alongside Ledwinka Hans, born in 1878 in Moravia, the eastern part of the Czech Republic and was at that time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Already in 1897, the young and talented Ledwinka had collaborated in the development of the Präsident first automobile company Nesselsdorf which became, in 1919, the company Tatra (named after the highest mountains of the Carpathians). In 1922, Ledwinka working on creating a small economy car, the Tatra Type 11. Launched in 1923, the Tatra Tatraplan is mounted on a chassis with independent suspension and central tunnel, powered by a twin-cylinder 1.1-liter flat-cooled air. This is also on board as a Tatraplan political campaign moves an ambitious young politician Austrian named Adolf Hitler. The uncanny resemblance, both aesthetically and mechanically, between the Volkswagen Beetle and the Tatra Tatraplan results in a prosecution for theft against Tatra patented by Volkswagen and Dr. Porsche. But we are already in 1939 and Europe ignites the thrust of the Third Reich and the continued turmoil in the Tatra disappears ....


After the war, the Tatra 600 is a large family car manufactured between 1947 and 1952 by the automaker Czechoslovakia. Rather known as the Tatra Tatraplan this impressive and amazing limousine is undoubtedly one of the most unusual cars of its time. In the late 1930s, the reputation of Tatra is more to do with his body dictated by aerodynamics and engine rear are trademarks of the manufacturer, and 97 manufactured between 1937 and 1938 is no exception to this rule. After the war, Tatra wants to reregister the car in its catalog, but in a different form. Two prototypes "Tatra 107 'roll in December 1946 and March 1947, with an engine of 1750 cc. A third, closest to the series, was tested in May 1947. But the final model, named Tatra 600 whose official name is Tatra Tatraplan in reference to economic planning in force in the socialist countries at the time, was unveiled at Prague in October 1947. Like its predecessors, it is equipped with a steel uni body and a backbone chassis ....


The unusual Tatraplan Tatra , the aerodynamics that provides thrust line profile allows this car 1510 kg, and more than 5 meters long curl of 170 km / h, a speed very unusual for the time. It adopts technical solutions still in the game today as the double floor that conceals pipes and electrical son, deemed "impeccable." The front and rear brakes are drums and front and rear suspensions are independent. The engine and gearbox are mounted on the rear of the car door position must. The cabin interior is treated with a panel painted the same color as the bodywork is provided over multiple storytellers and gauge fairly common on cars of this age. There are also thick carpets and leather seats that can comfortably accommodate five adults and their luggage. Radio and heater are present and the shift lever is positioned behind the steering wheel on the steering column. In the end, the Tatra Tatraplan is quite plush and very comfortable ....



In terms of mechanics, unusual Tatra Tatraplan is equipped with a V 8 air-cooled engine with a 2.5-liter 105 horsepower, cooling takes place by two turbines housed on both other motor. Power is supplied by four Solex carburettors. The transmission type drive with a manual gearbox with four synchronized gears. Tatra is still active and is located in the city of Koprivnice in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. The last Tatra Tatraplan the model T 700, lot of plants in 1998, ending 100 years of automotive engineering. But the brand still exists and is proudly on trucks crisscrossing Europe and compete with remarkable success sands formidable rally Paris-Dakar. Nowadays, it has become a classic vintage model quite uncommon and sought ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8 Boxer
  • Capacity: 2.5 Litres
  • Power: 105 hp
  • Speed: 170 km / h
  • Weight: 1510 kg

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