1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804

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1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan
Chassis no. 71804

US$ 65,000 - 80,000
£ 52,000 - 64,000
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan
Chassis no. 71804
The Tatraplan T600 is an example one of the few truly streamlined "teardrop" automobile designs to ever reach volume production. Its exceptionally smooth, sloped body—set off by a wind-splitting dorsal spine on the roof and deeply skirted rear wheels—is both eye-catching and aerodynamically efficient.

The first Tatra cars appeared in 1919, produced by a Czechoslovakian builder of cars and trucks whose industrial roots stretched back to 1850. In 1934, Tatra introduced their T-77 streamliner, designed by Hans Ledwinka, a pioneering advocate of aerodynamic automobiles.

The Tatraplan T600 was a slightly smaller post-World War II version of the famous prewar Tatra streamliners. The new car was updated with a modernized frontal appearance, but retained the modified teardrop body shape of the original Ledwinka design, including the signature Tatra fin emerging from the sloping roofline.

Just over 2,100 Tatraplan T600 would be produced from 1948 to 1951. However, only 168 of these sleek sedans were imported into North America. Very few have survived.

The remarkably original Tatraplan offered here was stored in Vancouver, B.C. for many years. In 1987, a professional mechanic found the car, which had covered only 20,000 miles to that point. He obtained the Tatraplan and sympathetically revived it, carefully preserving its originality wherever possible. It has since been used sparingly and, even today, total mileage remains just under 27,000.

Except for a repaint and some mechanical work, this Tatraplan remains essentially factory original. The spacious interior, trimmed in its original dark red fabrics, offers room for six adults. The unique provision for the driver's rearward vision, a sequence of three openings designed into the rear of the unitized body, is just one example of the unique features that makes the swoopy Tatraplan so fascinatingly different.

The T600's air-cooled flat-four engine is mounted at the rear. It produces 52 bhp at 4000 rpm and, driving through a four-speed manual transmission, provides a top speed around 80 mph. The vendor reports the Tatraplan runs well, while also noting that incredibly rare original English-language editions of the factory owner's manual, parts catalog and service and shop manuals are included with the car.

This very rare and historically important motorcar is both extremely distinctive and engagingly appealing. It is sure to draw throngs of curious and appreciative onlookers at any showing.

The Tatra is offered with a California title.
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804
1950 Tatra Tatraplan T-600 Sedan  Chassis no. 71804
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