PUCH 250 SGS

Restoring a barn-fresh 1966 Sears Allstate

Pinakothek Der Moderne – Munich 2009

I visited the Modern Art Museum in Munich in 2009. I was pleasantly surprised to find the museum is a great mix of art gallery and modern commercial design. Of course being in Munich there was a heavy BMW presence.
The streamlined Tatra 87 was a highlight. The Czech built car was influential on Porsche’s KdF Wagen (VW beatle) designs. So much so that Tatra was in the process of suing Porsche, but that was dropped when Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia. In 1965, the matter was settled when Volkswagen paid Tatra 1,000,000 Deutsche Mark in compensation; you can see the two cars up on the shelves in the second photo.

Tatra 87, powered by a rear-mounted 3.0-litre air-cooled 90-degree overhead cam V8 engine that produced 85 horsepower and could drive the car at nearly 100 mph (160 km/h).

 

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