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Old 06-15-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Tatra 603 Hemi V8

Okay, a Dutch buddy of mine sent me a question asking about the Tatra 603 Hemi. More or less, my response was something like, "WTF is a Tatra?"

Anyway, thought it was pretty cool! An air-cooled, apparently all aluminum, Hemi V8. European make, and that's about all I know.

Are these actually Hemis??

Maybe someone here knows more....

(pictures found on various sites around the web)











They apparently make good coffee tables also!




The cars... Sort of bizarre looking, but... well... Pretty neat too!








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Old 06-15-2010, 10:18 AM   #2
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damn fine coffee table!
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:23 AM   #3
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Wow, looks like something for marine uses.
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:25 AM   #4
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Default Re: Tatra 603 Hemi V8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_T87

Buncha stuff here. Link to the concept cars piece for more detailed info.
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:26 AM   #5
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Default Re: Tatra 603 Hemi V8

I think if I had one of these I would have to polish the whole damn thing! HAHA!

Wonder how much can be done to these engines?? Would be really cool in a single seat, rear engine racer, like the Auto Union cars...

Pretty neat!
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:28 AM   #6
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Not sure about their history in cars, but Tatra is known for making heavy duty, military spec heavy transport trucks. 4x4, 8x8, 10x10, etc... Cool shit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Epd4WZypvA
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:29 AM   #7
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Actually, Panky Wilson, who worked as a Porter for the Tucker Motor Co., escaped with the factory blueprints after the summit hearings. He set up a secret underground factory in a basement coffee house in Paris, where, assisted by American beatniks, hammered body panels out over wooden bucks, in fine European fashion.
The hemi's origins are vague, but Zora Arkus-Duntov was said to have visited for Espresso...
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:04 AM   #8
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Default Re: Tatra 603 Hemi V8

How can you just find all those pictures in just 5 minutes that took me a few oures? Good tread btw!

Does someone know if you can reverse the engine and put it in front?
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:10 AM   #9
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Yeah, this is a great thread. We should all know a lot more about Tatra--and someone with an engine hoist should buy that man a new coffee table. Something in a Noguchi ... .
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:17 AM   #10
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How can you just find all those pictures in just 5 minutes that took me a few oures? Good tread btw!

Does someone know if you can reverse the engine and put it in front?
HAHA! I was motivated...
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:35 AM   #11
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Tatra 805 light military truck uses the Tatra 603 engine mounted in a front-single carb, only 75 horsepower.





mid-engined racing Tatra 607:







racing Tatra 603 engine:

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Old 06-15-2010, 11:37 AM   #12
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WOW! Thanks for the pics!
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:39 AM   #13
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SCOOTER...well 2,5 liters isn't 603 c.i. but it is very interesting. man just when you think you'v seen it all BAM! you catch one in the nut's. and AIR COOLED! man that mill would be perfect for a rail job, well a MINI rail HA!...POP.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:41 AM   #14
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I don't care what it is or where it's from I WANT ONE.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:46 AM   #15
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Scoot next time I'm at my buddy Rays shop there restoring a teardrop Tatra, he's a VW guy and has a wealth of knowledge on these motors he has a few extra's.

The one he is doing is very similar to the pic,, cool thing in the front is a straight axle with a cross over spring.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:15 PM   #16
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Hans Ledwinka, designer of the Tatra was a brilliant engineer and provided inspiration (that's spelt p-l-a-g-i-a-r-i-s-m) for Ferdinand Porsche - check out his bio here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Ledwinka
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:16 PM   #17
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Well scooter, i think i gave Michael (General) the idea, i think he is pretty serious about it.
If you find one one in Holland they are less than 500 euros for a complete engine, but not easy to find.
I had one for 175 euro but it was used for autocross so not the most ideal engine.

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Old 06-15-2010, 02:33 PM   #18
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Is that aircooled? Sure like to have one in my livingroom and not for a coffee table
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:39 PM   #19
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I think i've seen a VW bug once with a 603 engine in the back... OT, I know, but cool nonetheless...
These engines have a very nice sound to them too.

Just for the heck of it;
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:43 PM   #20
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How's this for an obscure coincidence... our car club visited the Tampa Bay Auto museum a couple of years ago on a day cruise. They got a wagon load of them! Gary

See http://www.tbauto.org/index.htm

PS when you think Tatra, also think Tucker
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