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1948 Tatra T87 Sedan / 222667 Vehicle Information

1948 Tatra T87 photograph

1948 Tatra T87 photograph

1948 Tatra T871948 Tatra T87
Sold for $132,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
The Tatra T87 was based upon the aerodynamic principles of Paul Jaray, the pioneering Hungarian engineer. The Tatra T87 was the work of Austrian-born designer Hans Ledwinka, with help from Czech engineer Erich Ubelacker. Ledwinka was with Tatra's predecessor company, Nesseldorfer Waggonfabrik, of Koprivnice, Czechoslovakia, from 1897. In 1927, the company was renamed as Tatra after the prominent mountain range on the Slovak-Poland border.

The Tatra T11 was introduced in 1923 and featured a torsionally rigid backbone chassis with swing-axle suspension and a front-mounted, twin-cylinder air-cooled engine. The T12 continued the formula, while the T17 of 1926 added fully independent suspension and a water-cooled six-cylinder engine. A series of models with air-cooled four-cylinder engines continued through the 1930s.


The T77 was introduced in 1934, which has been considered the world's first serially produced, aerodynamically designed automobile. The T77 was a six-seat luxury car with a rear-mounted, three-liter air-cooled V8 engine and was capable of achieving a top speed of 87 mph. The successor was the T87, making its appearance in 1936. It had a 0.36 drag coefficient and a top speed of 100 mph with modest fuel consumption. Production of the T87 continued until 1950.

This Tatra T87 sedan was purchased by its current owner from Chicago redevelopment entrepreneur Larry Klairmont. It wears an older restoration and has been scarcely driven. The car has a new maroon leather interior and re-chroming and detailing of the brightwork. It rides on wide whitewall tires on body-color wheels. The engine is an overhead cam air-cooled V8 displacing 2969cc and offering 85 horsepower. It has a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015



2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $132,000

1948 Tatra T87 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Tatra T87
Chassis#: 3480 332
Sold for USD$302,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
1948 Tatra T87 image  1948 Tatra T87 image  
1948 Tatra T87
Sold for USD$132,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1948 Tatra T87 image  1948 Tatra T87 image  
1948 Tatra T87 5-Seater Limousine
Sold for USD$75,000
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 
1948 Tatra T87
Chassis#: 222328
Sold for USD$131,675
  2015 RM Auctions - Paris
 
1948 Tatra T87 Limousine
Chassis#: 3480332
Sold for USD$280,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1948 Tatra T87 image  1948 Tatra T87 image  
1948 Tatra T87 berline
Chassis#: 73274
Sold for USD$138,493
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Tatra T87's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Tatra T87 Vehicle Profiles
Sedan
Tatra T87 Sedan

Model Year: 1939
Profile
Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Model Year: 1940
Profile
Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Chassis Num: 49 620
Model Year: 1940
Profile

Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Chassis Num: 544113
Model Year: 1940
Profile and Auction History
Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Chassis Num: 49870
Engine Num: 12786345
Model Year: 1941
Profile and Auction History
Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Model Year: 1942
Profile

Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Model Year: 1947
Profile
Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Chassis Num: 69324
Engine Num: 222233
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Aerodynamic Saloon
Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon

Chassis Num: 69618
Model Year: 1947
Profile

Sedan
Tatra T87 Sedan

Chassis Num: 222667
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Sedan
Tatra T87 Sedan

Chassis Num: 3480332
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History


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