After WWII a couple of sports and racing cars have been built including the aluminium two-door T601 Monte Carlo in 1949. They were based on model T600 (called Tatraplan) which was the first post-war car in mass production in Koprivnice. It was fitted with a rear-mounted air-cooled four-cylinder engine and an aerodynamic body.
T600 won many sporting events such as the "Internationale Osterreichse Alpenfarht" in 1949 where four T600's took the first four places in overall classification.
There were special versions of the Tatra 603 car built including this ambulance prototype on my picture (T603 A). It was never produced more, because of lack of money, I suppose.
To be honest car factories both in former Czechoslovakia and in Poland designed a lot of car prototypes which never were produced later. They were designed and showed on car shows exclusively to underline... power of communist regime economy which in real was... very weak.
Tatra 11 cars built in Koprivnice between 1923 and 1926 were equipped with large, metal horns on one side of the car as on my picture. They made very loud noice to warn others. I was told that each horn of Tatra 11 made different sound.
Look at the details of the cars displayed in Tatra Technical Museum. Some of them look pretty, some funny nowadays.
Just one example: the bonnet/hood of Tatra 11 car was padlocked in front as on my picture. What for? To protect the engine against thefts or against too curious drivers/passengers?
There were over 3,500 Tatra 11 cars made in Koprivnice between 1923 and 1926. The company designed this open car for masses - so, it had to be adapted for poor roads, simple to operate and maintain and have a good fuel-economy.
The new design used a front-mounted horizontally opposed air-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine of 1056 cc and 8,8 kW (12 HP). The car could drive with maximum speed of 60-70 km/h (37 - 43.5 mph). A few modified T11s started succesfully in Targa Florio race in 1925. They placed on the first and the second in the under 1100 cc class!
There were 36 cars called Viceprasident or more exactly NW type B produced in Koprivnice between 1901 and 1904. They were equipped with forced circulation water-cooled 2-cylinder engine which was hidden in the middle under the floor of the car.
Would you like to buy this car ? Hmm... must be very expensive now, I am sure.
For full list of NW and Tatra cars produced in Koprivnice till now - click here
This firetruck (1934, T70 firetruck) was one of the most unique, best preserved and most beautiful vehicles I found in Tatra Technical Museum.
It could room 8 firemen (including a driver) sitting on hard, wooden benches.
Take a look at some pretty details of Tatra cars like this ambulance signals on the roof of Tatra 603A ambulance. The designers of this car didn't pay any attention to costs, I suppose. No wonder, the car was never produced but showed on car shows instead.
Tatra 603 (1957 - 1975) was comfortable and roomy car (for 6 passangers including a driver), easy to recognize because of its unique 3 (three!) headlamps as on my picture.
The car was equipped with a newly desgned air-cooled aluminum V8-engine, mounted in the rear of the car. With an engine capacity of 2545 cc and a power output of 70 kW (95 HP) the car could achieve a top speed of 158 km/h (98 mph).
I found interesting the fact that the T603 could not be bought by private customers. It was only given to the Communists officials and Presidents of major state-owned factories in several countries under Soviet communist regime such as Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union, East Germany and even Cuba but not Poland. Fidel Castro was equipped with a white T603 with airconditioning!
The first truck built in Koprivnice in 1850 was NOT very comfortable vehicle. The front seats or better to say bench was hard wooden. If I add no effective suspension system, bumps and potholes on roads driving couldn't be comfortable that time.
Look at front seat of Tatra 15/30 - Track Engine Car from 1936. It looked quite comfortable. The vehicle had rear seat for additional two passenger as well. Pay attention to wooden interior covers of doors and... frame of the seat. Hmm... limited comfort of 30' of 20th century.
Look inside at the dashboard of Tatra 15/30 - Track Engine Car from 1936. Hmm... not very complicated, right?
- T30, petrol
- 4 cylinder, Boxer, OHV
- volume: 1680 cc
- power: 24 HP/17.2 kW
- cooling: air
Gearbox: 2 + 2
Max. speed: 80 km/h (50 mph).
This 4-seat vehicle was designed to drive on railway tracks - look at its front wheel with wooden spokes.
There was possibility to lift a car and turn it by 180 degrees for a reverse drive. The vehicle was equipped with mechanical brakes: hand brake on the rear wheels and foot brake on the front wheels (on the picture).
Tatra automobile company has the best experience in trucks which are still produced there. I could see a few old trucks and this one bus on my picture in Tatra technical Museum.
This truck on the left on my picture was called Tatra 43 and was built in 1931.
This was front ski of snowmobile Tatra V-855 from 1942. Pay attention to its spring - a curved metal that can be pressed into a smaller space but then returns to its usual shape: a kind of suspension system still used in some cars (esp. off road). Was driving this snowmobile comfortable on bumps and potholes? Hmm... maybe :-)