The Soviet Bloc's Favorite Car - Tatra 603
|   Thursday, June 23, 2016
Many years ago, people occupying high places, management and other such positions which may decide the fate of mortals needed cars to make history. History was not just written on a napkin at the poker game or over a good wine. Political people needed cars that will complete their image too, and what could be more pleasant than a meeting at the end of which you know a Tatra 603 is waiting for you?

Specifically, Czechoslovakia, known today as the Czech Republic was and still is famous for the cars produced by Skoda's plants, which were a favorite for leaders, presidents, prime ministers etc.
But Tatra really caused a sensation. Even if Skoda was the preferred company, Tatra appeared to be that brand that delivered the luxury only high positions required.

Tatra 603 had an aspirated engine with a displacement by 2.5 liters, eight cylinders in V and power was transferred to the rear wheels. This cute car could accommodate about six passengers.

Production started in 1956 in Koprivnice region and over the years, the company produced three different versions of the car: T603, T 2-603, and T 3-603. The last copy of the model was produced in 1975.

The engine of a T 603 weighed somewhere around 180 kilograms and, as mentioned above, it was an engine with a displacement of 2.5 liters, an aspirated V8. Such an engine was originally used for the military T805 truck. The transmission was manual with four speeds. After 1969, the reels were replaced by disc brakes. If at present we are accustomed to classic look with two headlights, we should know that the first T 603 model had three headlights, one of which was connected to the steering wheel. This feature was seen on a T77, a model from 1934.

But what is really special is that this car was designed in secret by the government. Over time the economy was subject to regulations. As a result, the decision makers came to the conclusion that those from Tatra will produce only trucks, and luxury cars will be imported from the USSR.
About a third of the 603 models have been exported to some countries in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Cuba and China. It is believed that Cuban President, Fidel Castro himself had a white T603, equipped with air conditioning.

The T 603 is a special car for those times because it can be compared to a Porsche Panamera. Yes, the Tatra 603 was the Porsche Panamera for the entire Soviet bloc. This was how those who wanted to talk about themselves, show their power in the state, or brag about how much money they have operated.
For this purpose they used the Tatra 603, which could be made to scream those aspects for them through the exhaust system, the simple exterior design, and quiet but luxurious and spacious interior.

This is how the Tatra 603 managed to be the favorite car in the Soviet bloc, with a few very simple details that spoke of social class, about money and about social position. Maybe you couldn't say you are special all the time, lest ridicule was your only companion, but behind the wheel of a Tatra 603 you could say it all the time without speaking a word.
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