Koprivnice Off The Beaten Path

  • COLORFUL  TILE-STOVE
    COLORFUL TILE-STOVE
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  • TATRA  4 X 4  QUATTRO
    TATRA 4 X 4 QUATTRO
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  • SNOWMOBILE  FROM  1942
    SNOWMOBILE FROM 1942
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    Viceprasident car (1901 - 1904)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    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

    VICEPRASIDENT  CAR  (1901 - 1904)
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    Tatra T11 (1923 - 1926)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    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!

    TATRA  11
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    Exclusively for communist officials!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    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!

    THREE  HEADLAMPS  OF  TATRA  603
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    Tatra ambulance

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    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.

    T603A  AMBULANCE  PROTOTYPE
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    Old horn

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    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.

    HORN  OF  TATRA  11
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    Tatra V-855: snowmobile born in 1942

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    This interesting looking snowmobile was driven by ski and 2 steering-wheels and a movement was by pusher propeller and by mechanical drum with cardan drive shaft, which was also used as a brake. Handbrake was on the rear ski. The snowbile was built in 1942.


    TECHNICAL DATES:
    Engine:
    - T87, petrol
    - 8 cylinder, OHC
    - volume: 2968 cc
    - power: 75 HP/55 kW
    - cooling: air
    Consumption: petrol - 13 l/100 km (18 mpg)
    Max. speed: 80 km/h (50 mph).

    SNOWMOBILE  FROM  1942
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    Tatra 15/30 - Track Engine Car (1936)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    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).

    FRONT  WHEEL  OF  TATRA  15/30
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    Dashboard from 1936

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Look inside at the dashboard of Tatra 15/30 - Track Engine Car from 1936. Hmm... not very complicated, right?


    TECHNICAL DATES:
    Engine:
    - 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).

    DASHBOARD  OF  TATRA 15/30  (1936)
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    Comfort of 19th century

    by matcrazy1 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    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.

    FRONT  OF  THE  FIRST  TRUCK
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    T601 Monte Carlo (1949)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    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.

    MY  FRIEND  IN  FRONT  OF  T601  MONTE  CARLO
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    Old trucks and buses

    by matcrazy1 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    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.

    TATRA  43  (1931)  AND  OLD  TATRA  BUS
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    Comfort of 20th century (30')

    by matcrazy1 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    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.

    FRONT  SEAT  OF  TATRA  15/30  FROM  1936
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    Special car for autocross (1976)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    I saw this strange car on my picture called Tatra 4x4 Quattro in Tatra Technical Museum. The vehicle was designed specially for autocross and built by Alois Havel with sponsorship of AMK (Automobile Club) Frenstat pod Radhostem in 1976. It was equipped with hydraulic drum brakes, 8 - cylinder, air-cooled, petrol engine of almost 2.5 l and power 108 HP (80 kW).

    The car was not successfull in autocross competitions, so there was the only one built.

    TATRA  4 X 4  QUATTRO
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    Not very modern T-613 President (1994)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    This T-613 prototype limousine was not very modern in my opinion as for 1994 when it was produced by well-known Czech designer Vaclav Kral. It's body was made in cooperation with the Ecorra company. The car was equipped with hydraulic double circuit disc brakes with brake booster.


    TECHNICAL DATES:
    Engine:
    - petrol
    - 8 cylinder
    - volume: 3495 cc
    - power: 200 HP/147.6 kW
    - cooling: air
    Gearbox: 5 + 1, synchron
    Consumption: petrol - 13.8 l/100 km (17 mpg)
    Max. speed: 230 km/h (143 mph).

    BACK  OF  T-613  PRESIDENT (1994)
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    What a suspension!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    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 :-)

    SNOWMOBILE  SUSPENSION  SYSTEM
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