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Tatra (Czechoslovakia)
Tatra had been founded to make wagons and carriages in Czechoslavakia in 1850 becoming Nesselsdorfer Wagenbau-Fabriksgesellschaft and changing its name to Koprivnická vozovka a.s in 1919. The 'Tatra' badge (after the Tatra Mountains) started to be used from 1919, and the first car had been produced in 1897. Hans Ledwinka was an innovative engineer who gave Tatra man revolutionary designs, including the air-cooled Tatra 11 of 1923, and the 6-cylinder water-cooled Tatra 17 of 1926. With Ledwinka, Tatra designed streamlined cars, such as the 1934 T87 with a rear-mounted air-cooled V8 engine, and this car laid the pattern for all future Tatras. Ledwinka met Porsche, brought together by Adolf Hitler, and there began a 'cross pollination' of ideas that resulted in the Volkswagen Beetle, although Tatra did succesfully sue Volkswagen for plagiarising the 4-cylinder Tatra T97 once the matter of the Nazis had been disposed of. During WW2 Tatra built military vehicles for the Germans, but also supplied the unique Tatra cars to German officers who liked their originality. After the War, Tatra were nationalised in Communist Czechoslavakia, and the new T600 Tatraplan was launched in 1948; this car evolved into the T603 in 1956, the T613 in 1974, and the final T700 in 1976.
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Tatra T603-3 - badge on front panel
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Tatra T613-3 - badge on front panel
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Tatra T87 - badge on bonnet
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Tatra T87. Introduced in 1936, the T87 continued in production until 1950. A smaller 4-cylinder version, the T97 was produced in 1936, and it is said that this car was plagiarised by Porsche for the KDfwagen (later VW Beetle). Over its production run the T87 was revised, losing its Cyclops central lamp in later versions.
Tatra T87 front
Tatra T87. Introduced in 1936, the T87 evolved out of the T77 and was designed by Dr. Hans Ledwinka using aerodynamic principles from Zeppelin designer Paul Jaray. Construction was of monocoque design with a rear-mounted air-cooled V8 engine. The concept was 'borrowed' by Volkswagen for the Beetle, and by Chrysler for its Airflow model; both were sued for their plagiarism.
Tatra T603
Tatra T613
Volkswagen Type 1 'Beetle'
Soviet Cars
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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