The name of Tatra is forever linked with that of Hans Ledwinka, one of the most original engineers ever to turn his attention to automobile design. Tatra’s chief engineer, Ledwinka was responsible for the first entirely new car produced by the reconstituted company: the T11. Introduced in 1923, the T11 was one of the most advanced small cars of its era, incorporating independent rear suspension by means of swing axles, and a torsionally rigid backbone chassis frame; features that would characterise future Tatras of all sizes. Ledwinka was an advocate of air-cooling and so the T11 was powered by an air-cooled flat-twin engine with ducted airflow, the latter feature contributing greatly to its efficiency. The T11 was followed by the similar but four-wheel braked T12 and then in 1932 by the T57, which was powered by a 1,155cc flat-four engine, still air-cooled. There was four-speed transmission with floor shift and the car’s top speed was 80km/h. Development progressed via the T57A, T57B and T57K, the engine being enlarged to 1,256cc in the process.
The Tatra 57 that we have on offer here is presented in original and unrestored condition. It was regularly used until two years ago in many local events in Italy. The patina of the car is truly charming and encapsulates the character of the 1930’s.