Czechoslovakian History – Tatra 600 Tatraplan Offered At Charterhouse

1950 Tatra Tatraplan
1950 Tatra T600 Tatraplan project £8,000-12,000

An opportunity to purchase a slice of Czechoslovakian history has arisen at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 4th November.

Following the success of the 77 series, Czechoslovakian car manufacture Tatra continued its pre-war business of building quirky passenger vehicles, including this rare Tatra 1950 600.

1950 Tatra Tatraplan
1950 Tatra T600 Tatraplan project £8,000-12,000

Aerodynamics were less prevalent in the 77, with designers creating a more ‘breeze block’ efficiency, than the more rounded windscreen Tatra 600 Tatraplan.

Hence the engine sizes began to shrink from the ‘aeroplaned’ V8 arrangement, to the more acceptable 1952 cc (2.0L) Flat-4, which this particular car has.

Finished in silver with suicide doors and a brown leather interior, this cute ‘frog-eyed’ Czech has lots to offer and could be the apple of someones classic eye.

1950 Tatra Tatraplan
1950 Tatra T600 Tatraplan project £8,000-12,000

Tatra Engine Placement

The 1952cc air-cooled power plant was given residence above the rear axle, giving the curved dinosaur more stability but also ruling out the need for a floor tunnel and prop or driveshaft delivering the power to wheels.

All clever stuff, with the exhaust sitting comfortably at the rear of the vehicle whilst battery, spare wheel and oil cooler were located towards the bow of the Tatra.

Unlike its elegant predecessor, the driver of the Tatra 600 was given rear windows to assist in the manoeuvring of this ‘fin tailed’ classic.

The distinctive 600 went into mass production in 1948, with the state planning department ruled that the Tatraplan should be built at the Skoda Auto plant in Mladá Boleslav. Exact numbers were never fully released, but apparently 6,342 were made in total. Of those, 2100 were assembled in the UK.

Winner of the 1940s category, the public also voted Tatraplan ‘Classic Car of the Year’ competition.

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Associate Director, auctioneer and valuer, Matthew Whitney said of the Tatraplan:
“It’s is an amazing car, the likes of which you rarely see and then generally only in museums.

“It is quite unusual in appearance, almost sinister, and with a connection believed to be with the Czech Embassy who knows what stories could tell.”

1950 Tatra Tatraplan
1950 Tatra T600 Tatraplan project £8,000-12,000

The Tatra has been owned by a Somerset car collector for about 30 years. When Matthew Whitney visited the client to inspect the car the owner managed to get the car running despite it having been stored in his garage for decades.

One of just a few Tatra T600’s known to exist in the UK, this rare cold war car is estimated at £8,000-12,000 when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer on Sunday 4th November at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset in conjunction with The Bristol Classic Car Show. For those unable to attend, live internet bidding will be available via www.charterhouse-auction.com.

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