Tatra T87 należy do najwspanialszych konstrukcji swojej epoki. Opracowane przez Hansa Ledwinkę nadwozie było nie tylko piękne, lecz również doskonałe aerodynamicznie. Napędzane niewielkim, chłodzonym powietrzem silnikiem V8, pozwalało na autostradowe podróże z prędkością dochodzącą do 160 km/h przy spalaniu rzędu 12 l/100 km. Może dziś to nie robi wrażenia, lecz w latach 40-tych samochód ten należał do najszybszych na świecie, posiadając silnik spalający połowę tego, niż wielu konkurentów. Tatra wywarła ogromny wpływ na Ferdinanda Porsche – co więcej, sąd po wojnie przyznał Czechom odszkodowanie, potwierdzając fakt, że Garbus był kopią konstrukcji Tatry. Ten prezentowany tu, doskonale odrestaurowany egzemplarz na Retromobile w Paryżu sprzedany został za 115 tys. euro (+ prowizja).
4 February 2015
4 February 2015
1948 Tatra T87
To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sold for €115.000
€125.000 – €175.000
Chassis no. 222328
Engine no. 69575
94 bhp, 2,545 cc OHV air-cooled V-8 engine, four-wheel manual transaxle, independent front suspension, swing axle rear suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 3,150 mm.
A pioneer of advanced streamline design
Freshly restored by German specialists
Featured in Octane magazine in Germany
Chances are, if an American designer had submitted the design of this car to an American manufacturer in the mid-1930s, he would have been promptly sent home and asked to rest. Fortunately for Hans Ledwinka, he was employed by Czechoslovakia’s most prominent automobile manufacturer, Tatra, which let his genius forge his own path and break the mould.
The T87 was introduced in 1936 and was the end result of a design that Ledwinka had begun developing in the early 1920s. Its incredibly streamlined body was built using full monocoque construction, providing a passenger cabin that was sturdy, quiet, safe, and also capable of holding six passengers comfortably. An air-cooled, magnesium alloy V-8 engine with a single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank was mounted at the rear of the car, like the Tucker 48 or Porsche 356 of the period. With swing axle suspension carrying it, the T87 became renowned for its high-speed cruising capabilities and a top speed of 100 mph.
Production of this innovative streamliner continued until 1950, although it halted briefly in 1943 and 1944 due to the war. The design is credited with having influenced the Volkswagen Beetle, and after years of remaining “under the radar”, it is finally beginning to achieve the fame and ovation it deserves as a pioneer of advanced engineering and design.
The car offered here was acquired by the present owner in Germany, and it was reportedly complete and in driving condition at the time. Prior to its restoration, it was actually featured in the January 2014 German edition of Octane magazine. It was restored in that country by a Mr Drescher, who was located near Friedrichshafen, and good attention to detail was paid to the restoration of the car. The structural woodwork was completely replaced, the body was totally stripped and refinished, and expert bodywork was performed to offer the best possible presentation. The interior upholstery was still in good original condition, but it was replaced with new leather to further upgrade the car’s appearance, and it is overseen by the optional sliding sunroof.
The Tatra T87, known as an icon of Czechoslovakia, is an automobile full of distinct character and style. Tatras have only just begun to receive the wide-scale appreciation in the collector car hobby that they deserve, and no collection curated towards forward-thinking automotive design should be without one.