The Tatra 603 is a large rear-engined luxury car which was produced by the Czechoslovak company Tatra from 1956 to 1975. It was a continuation of the series of Tatra streamlined sedans which began with the Tatra 77. In Socialist Czechoslovakia, only high-ranking party officials and heads of factories were driven in 603s; the car was also exported to a number of other countries.
The first driveable T603 was completed in 1955. A number of body designs were tested in wind-tunnels. In the end the one proposed by František Kardas and fine-tuned by Vladimír Popelář and Josef Chalupa was chosen for production.
Three versions of the model T603 were manufactured successively between 1956 and 1975. These cars are designated T603, T 2-603 and T 3-603, though the 3- was not an official designation used by Tatra.
The T603-1 is easily distinguished by its three headlamps enclosed beneath a clear glass cover. The side ones were fixed, the middle one rotated together with the front axle.
Low volume production levels and the resulting lack of production automation meant that "one off" adaptations were relatively easy to accomplish.
The T603s took part in 79 races (24 international) in years 1957 to 1967, resulting in a total 60 first, 56 second and 49 third positions. In most cases production cars with minimum modifications participated in races.
This first series model is intended for a registration as a historic vehicle. It is the most sought after model and colour combination. Fully restored by a marque specialist.
|Engine||2.474 ccm, 95 PS, V8|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Red / White|
|Color - interior||Grey / Red|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||92.090 kms|
|Chassis number / VIN||4178|
|Location - Country||Czechia|
|Location - City||Prague|
Body type: sedan; Number of doors: 4; Number of seats: 6; Engine position: rear; Drive wheel: rear; Fuel: petrol; Number of cylinders: V8; Cooling: air; Capacity: 2474 ccm, 150.3 cu-in; Bore: 75.0 mm; Stroke: 70.0 mm; Compression ratio: 6.5:1; Valve Gear: OHV; Valves per cylinder: 2; Fuel system: carburator, 2 x Jikov; Max power [kW / PS / hp]: 70 / 95 / 94 at 4800 rpm; Max torque [Nm / ft-lb]: 155 / 114 at 3500 rpm; Gearbox: M4; Wheelbase: 2750 mm; Length: 5065 mm; Width: 1910 mm; Height: 1530 mm; Weight: 1470 kg; Maximum speed: 170 km/h, 106 mph