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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1969 Tatra T603

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Concours-displayed 1969 Tatra T603 for sale on From the seller’s description:

This Tatra is one of the best known and internationally displayed T603s. It represented the last T603 series at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was the only Tatra at the 2015 Arizona Concours d’Elegance. It then won exhibitors’ “Best of Show” at the 2015 Concours-in-the-Hills in Fountain Hills, Arizona. It was imported by its current owner from Slovakia in 2006. In Slovakia, it appeared in a couple of period films and was on display in their capital city’s (Bratislava) Transportation Museum. There were additional appearances, media coverage and articles about this car under both current and previous ownership but the above are most notable.

It is essentially an unrestored survivor, although parts of the undercarriage and engine were repainted in recent years and there are new mechanical parts. The exterior paint retains great shine but shows some signs of its age and some spots were also retouched. The interior fabric and trim is in very good condition. There is some wear on the driver’s seat. The seat material has not been available for years, so restored cars have substitute material. This is likely one of a very few cars left in this unrestored good condition.

Odometer shows mileage of about 20,000 km (~12,500 miles). This is not the full mileage since 1969, which is indeterminate. The engine was replaced with a factory replacement unit as denoted by its serial number. It runs well and doesn’t burn oil.

The previous owner was a past president of the Slovak Tatra Club and is a respected Tatra collector and expert. He installed a New Original Stock (NOS) transaxle, clutch, brake system and wheel hub assemblies (front and rear) – so significant mechanicals are like new with only a few thousand kilometers under his and current ownership. He upgraded the gas heater to a later (T613) unit, which is safer and a viable update for the T603s. He also upgraded the electronic ignition to the later higher-power T613 unit that was also used on the very last T603s (visually, they look identical).

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Phoenix, Arizona
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