You may know that the last passenger Tatra was the 700 model, produced between 1996 and 1999. The last version was the 700-2 version, which differed from the older version with a larger and more powerful engine. The drive was provided by a 4.4-liter eight-cylinder engine with an output of 172 kW.

At the same time, the Tatra 700 was only an evolution of the legendary Tatra 613, whose production started in 1974. And it was not a sales blockbuster, only a few dozen units were produced in three years of production – available sources state different numbers, from 62 to 69 to 75 specimens. In 1999, some 25 years ago, production ended. This was also a gateway for personal Tatras.

However, the interesting cars of the Kopřivnica automobile company still have their fans, and for some of them their legacy is so strong that they devote more than just fandom to them. This group also includes the Czech designer Jan Petružela, who worked for several years on the concept of a personal Tatra jacket for modern times. He recently completed his vision, named Tatra 60E.

Photo: Jan Petruzela

Tatra 60E from a Czech designer.

“I have liked the Personal Tatras, especially the 603 and 613 models, since childhood, and when the car company stopped – for understandable reasons – their production, I was sad. They were interesting cars with their own character, and with the end of their production, the automotive world lost some of its diversity. I always thought that there might be someone who would be willing to invest in resuming at least small-scale production. Especially nowadays, when people buying luxury cars want something exceptional and unseen, the modern personal Tatra could find some customers,” says Jen Petružela.

Jan Petružela

Jan Petružela was born in 1985 and, as he says, he has been interested in cars all his life. “I started drawing them in my childhood, and at the end of high school I briefly came into contact with the designer Pavel Hušek, who was the first in the field to see my creations. In the first and second year of study at the Faculty of Transport, Czech Technical University in Prague, I attended design classes led by Václav Král. He had a completely different approach to design than Mr. Hušek, he taught me to pay attention to technology and ergonomics. After his death, Stanislav Hanuš took over teaching the subject,” he says.

After completing the master’s program in 2011, he started working as a 3D surface modeler in Mladá Boleslav at MBtech, and at the end of 2014 he moved to Germany within the company, where he still works. The company changed its name to Akkodis after a change of ownership.

Jan participated in the modeling of Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Rolls-Royce and BMW vehicles, Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses, interiors and exteriors, concepts and production vehicles.

He started work on his own concept in 2019. “Bringing the model to a presentable level, when after several months’ breaks I wondered if it was worth returning to the project, was ultimately the biggest challenge,” reveals the Czech designer living in Germany.

In the end, he completed the project. And we in the editorial office are only too happy, we think his idea of ​​a modern personal Tatras car looks great!

The Tatra 60E is a five-meter-long liftback with a short front overhang, a long rear, “suicide” rear door and several details that clearly refer to the historical models of the Kopřivnica automobile company.

“When designing the proportions, I was inspired by the Tater 87 and 603, the front parts combine elements of the 603, 613 and 600 models. The sides somewhat imitate the “six-three” – especially the chrome strip hiding the door handles, which transitions into a molding, the shape of which refers to pockets for air intake on the Tatra 603. This shape is also repeated on the side glazing in the area of ​​the D-pillar, where the chrome bar coming from the camera covers ends,” explains Jan Petružela.

A striking detail is the rear fin, an element known from several historical Tatra boats. “I integrated a brake light into it, and part of the fin could also function as an antenna,” says Honza, who also draws attention to the rear diffuser and wheels with aerodynamic covers, referring to the Tatra 613.

Photo: Jan Petruzela

At the rear, the characteristic fin is particularly eye-catching.

“I think the exterior is done to such a level that a prototype could be milled that would have opening doors and a front and rear trunk. The gray areas at the trunk would just have to be solved, the basic surfaces are already there at the doors. The axes of rotation of the hinges are preliminarily defined, the windows should go down. In the interior, only the seats inspired by the Tatra 613 are modeled. The dashboard, steering wheel, door panels and pillar covers are just basic volumes for which I do not yet have a design,” adds the designer.

“For small series production, the car would need a few more optimization loops, standard B-pillars, reduced wheels, maybe even mirrors instead of cameras… And of course the interior. The list of modifications is not short,” smiles Jan Petružela.

That he conceived his vision for modern times is also confirmed by the drive. The designer designed the Tatra truck as an electric car. “The electric drive is simply in right now and no other is currently presented in concepts. Whether it is correct or not is open to debate… In any case, the electric drive offers more freedom when dimensioning a brand new car. Theoretically speaking, the eight-cylinder fork would probably fit in the back, but cooling would have to be solved, for example,” says Petružela.

And why did he choose the name Tatra 60E? “The letter E reflects the electric drive, but it also represents the reversed number 3, so it’s a little bit related to the Tatra 603. I also chose the font on the license plate on purpose so that it could be interpreted that way.”

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