This 1951 Tatraplan is currently for sale in Finland. It’s one of those projects that are a bit on the more challenging side, as it’s sat since 1965 and doesn’t quite come with all the parts with which it left the Kopřivnice factory over 60 years ago.
The seller describes the car in a very honest fashion, “The photos tell more than a million words. Doubtful if anybody’s going to build a car out of this, but it’s fit for parts or a flower bench…”
Make the jump to see a couple more photos.
After sitting on the same yard for 47 years, the Tatra has been moved to the seller’s property. It used to be forest green, but has been repainted sky blue in the late ’50s – not that there’s much of either colour visible. The seller claims most of the red is factory primer, but there’s a good amount of rust as well. “The bottom is rotten through, but surface metal is pretty solid. A floorbeam took a beating when transferring the car, but is repairable.”
“Parts can be found on the site from where the car was fetched, but that’s a little hard to reach otherwise than in wintertime – can’t promise other parts than are visible on the pictures.” Sound promising to you?
As for the engine, it’s in place. The carb and the alternator are missing along with a few minor parts. Inside, there’s not much instrumentation left except for the speedo and a few switches. Reassuringly, the seller suggests you should drop in a VW boxer engine or fit the entire car on a VW structure – or then the aforementioned flower bench is a good idea as well.
Also, three of the four original taillights come with the car. One vanished mysteriously along the way, when the Tatra was moved to its current place.
The seller doesn’t name a price, so even a modest offer could probably bring the original Czechoslovakian gangstermobile home. How much would you offer?