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Tatra T77: One of the First Serial-Produced Automobiles

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Tatra, Czechoslovakian car brand, was known for its high-end luxury cars. In the 1920s, they invented the backbone chassis, and in the early 1930s, they created the Tatra Type 77, the first aerodynamic road car. Hans Ledwinka, his son Erich, and Erich Überlacker created the T77, with Zeppelin designer Paul Jaray designing its groundbreaking exterior.

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Radical streamlining principles influenced the vehicle’s sleek, revolutionary design. The car’s futuristic, low-to-the-ground appearance was created to reduce drag and improve efficiency and high-speed performance. The striking rear fin was designed to improve the car’s lateral stability, especially at high speeds.

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Despite doubts about its performance, the avant-garde T77 easily reached 140 km/h during demonstration rides despite its 3.0-liter V8 engine. This confirmed the car’s aerodynamic design’s value, and many other manufacturers followed suit.

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One T77 even competed in the 1000 Czechoslovak Miles race for production-based touring cars, finishing fourth in the tough public road event. Beautiful 1934 Tatra T77 photos are below.

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