1975 Tatra 613

Built in Czechoslovakia before the fall of Communism, the 1975 Tatra 613 was a surprisingly attractive car, that also handled quite well. Unsurprisingly, it was designed to accomodate the needs of party officials, who would be the only ones influential and rich enough to afford such a vehicle. Although by nature a truck manufacturer, Tatra figured out the car building thing quite well – for Communists, at least – and produced a car that was unusual both in design (they had help from Italy there) and in engineering, as it was a rear-engine car. The Tatra 613 was also supposed to be available in two-door coupes, but for some reason that never happened.

1975 Tatra 613
Early 80s Tatra 613-3

The Tatra 613 was powered by a 3.5-liter V8, producing 165 horsepower. It was located, as mentioned before, in the rear of the car, which caused some handling issues at the beginning. This was soon fixed by moving the engine forward in the car, which was done in such a way as to not impugn on the ample legroom available in the back.

I must say that for a Communist car, which it undoubtedly was, the 1975 Tatra 613 was in a class of its own, with crisp design and honest performance; the Tatra 613 could reach a top speed of 115 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 mph in 12 seconds.

2 thoughts on “1975 Tatra 613”

  1. Alex,

    What are we going to do with you?

    The car pictured is a Tatra 613-3….early ’80’s I suspect. The 613 (the original) had more chrome and detail differences such as the front panel.

    The 613 didn’t evolve with it’s engine location – it was always a “Semi-mid engine”, with the front cylinders over the rear axle.

    I’ve driven one – and they were quite a car.

    1. Good morning Rhys,

      I write and I learn and I’m always happy to be corrected, otherwise how would I learn anything new?

      Thank you again for your comment and I will correct the entry to reflect it!

      Have a wonderful day,


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