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February 13, 2023

Amazing Photos of the Tatra 97

The Tatra 97 (T97) is a Czechoslovak mid-size car built by Tatra in Kopřivnice, Moravia from 1936 to 1939. Only around 500 of them were built. The car came to a premature end on account of the Second World War, more precisely the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany.

The Tatra 97 was designed to complement two full-size cars in the Tatra range: the Tatra 77 launched in 1934 and the Tatra 87 launched in 1936 along with the Type 97. Each of the three models has an air-cooled rear engine and share similar aerodynamic fastback four-door sedan bodies. But whereas types 77 and 87 each have a large V8 engine, Type 97 has a flat-four engine. The Type 97 is distinguished by having two headlights and a one-piece windscreen, whereas the 77 and 87 have three headlights and a three-piece windscreen. The Type 97’s flat-four engine displaces 1,759 cc and produces 40 horsepower (30 kW), giving it top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).

Tatra already had a mid-size car in the same class, the more conventional 1,688 cc Tatra 75 that it had launched in 1933. Tatra continued to produce the Type 75 alongside the futuristic Type 97. In fact production of the Type 75 outlived that of the Type 97 and continued until 1942.

Check out these amazing photos to see the beauty of the Tatra 97.


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