Almost 80 years after the end of the Second World War, the conflict, Nazism and everything that revolved around the bloodiest confrontation in the history of humanity continues to attract attention. And, specifically, the death of Nazis (or not) of Nazis has always aroused a strange interest.
They are of all kinds. compilations of real characters who fought against Nazism from outside the trenches. who still they have to explain the damage that Hitler did. Theories that propose what would have happened if Nazism would have won war. Those who propose how it would be taken Hitler waking up in the 21st century. Those who fantasize about a early death of the dictator…
As we say, nothing and no one seems to escape everything that surrounds Nazism. Neither do the vehicles. And it is that the automotive It was also exploited by the Third Reich and caused a sensation among the Nazis. Animated by the desire to have the best machines, the Nazis experimented with synthetic gasoline and they looked for the speed limits up to impossible figures.
The attraction of speed was so great that the Rekordwoche were created, days in which the roads were closed in search of a new speed record and which ended up stopping the speedometer at 432 km/h but, also, with the death of Rudolph Caracciola.
This attraction also reached everyday life. The Nazis discovered that the sensuality of speed was also dangerous. And in that undue approach, no one killed as many Nazis as the Tatra T87.
Tatra T87, the damn sexy sedan that made the Nazis fall in love with (and kill)
The Tatra T87 is a car with a lot of history behind it. A car that was the subject of a lawsuit between the brand and Volkswagen, which has led to the false belief that him Volkswagen Beetle was born as a copy of this Tatra. The Czechoslovakian company denounced the Germans, arguing that they had copied their central tubular chassis, which ended with Volkswagen paying millionaire compensation to Tatra.
But if something fascinated the bourgeoisie of the time, it was the groundbreaking lines of his Streamliner line. In the 1930s, luxury sedans were large, square and very aerodynamic. That little by little changed and the Tatra T77, a model prior to the T87, was one of its greatest exponents.
With the T87, Tatra improved the sedan and managed to produce 3,000 units that soon stood out for their aesthetics but also for an air-cooled V8 built in magnesium that is quite a rarity. With its more than 160 km/h top speed, it didn’t take long to gain followers. And among followers, it is said that the car caused fascination among the Nazi high command.
Legend has it, it has never been proven with certainty, that up to seven Nazi officers died in the same weekend. The high speed, the difficulties of driving a car that had to fight with a rear axle on which most of the weight fell, and the roads of the time were an explosive cocktail for its drivers.
In Motorpassion They explain that the Third Reich came to prohibit its use, although it is not entirely clear how much the demand that was flying through the air between Tatra and Volkswagen influenced it. Guillermo García Alfonsín, in an extraordinary video in Power Art tells the whole history of the car (there is a unit in the Automobile and Fashion Museum from Malaga) and mentions that Hitler was the first in love with the Tatra T87.
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