Test drive Tatra 613-3: and in the trunk of the V8

You can collect Ford Mustangs or Pontiac GTO and be like everyone else (who has money for that). And you can buy a car that only one person recognizes on the road and get a diabolical pleasure from the bewildered faces of drivers trying to identify your car, feeling it with a look in search of a nameplate, a scrawning neck and then tormenting your smartphone with the question “Okay, google, what is this car?” ? “It is such a car can be Tatra 613 – quite rare, but at the time a very cult car of small party leaders and directors of various enterprises.

We were lucky not only to find such a car, but also to ride it on the streets of the city, having received unreal pleasure from this and causing envy of neighbors along the stream on boring “dates” and trivial “boomers”. But first – a few words about what Tatra 613 is.

In the Volga – late, in the Seagull – early

Of course, the party leaders did not want to go on what the whole Soviet country was on. Those who climbed the ranks high enough, relied Chaika or Zily. And what should the poor people do to get into the ordinary Volga already shameful, and the more pathos machines are not ranked? So they bought the Tatras 613, which were developed in Czechoslovakia just for this category of privileged citizens. Let’s remember how it was.

Home Volga of the Ukrainian SSR: test drive GAZ-3102 ex-head of Ukraine .

From 1956 to 1975 in Czechoslovakia released an interesting car – Tatra 603. It was a car of a representative class, in the USSR it was visited by deputy chairmen of the KGB of the USSR. The car had a rear-engine layout and just a mind-boggling design. But as time went on, the machine became obsolete, it was necessary to do something new. For the development of design, they addressed not to someone there, but to real masters – the Italian Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale. What has turned out of this, we will look a little further.

A big black disappointment: test drive GAZ-14 “Seagull” .

Since the sale of Tatra 613 in private hands was not planned, the total circulation of these cars was not too large: they were collected about a thousand pieces a year, but – by hand. Serially the car began to be produced in 1974, and finished in 1996, four modifications of the car were produced for the entire production period. Our today’s Tatra was produced in 1992. She spent her youth in the Ministry of Atomic Energy, and the current owner got last year with a run of about 67 thousand kilometers. Almost everything on the car remained native, except for the fog lamps (it was not possible to find the original ones, and it is hardly possible). Let’s get down to this rare, but wonderful car.

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