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SLIDER: 1937 Tatra T87

The Tatra T87 was built by the Czechoslovak manufacturer and was designed by Hans Ledwinka and Erich Übelacker.  It was based on the Tatra T77, one of the first cars to be designed with aerodynamics as a major feature.

The body followed ideas proposed by the Hungarian Paul Jaray.  A fin in the sloping rear helps to divide the air pressure on both sides of the car, a technique used in later aircraft.  Tatra T87 had a drag coefficient of 0.36 as tested in the VW tunnel in 1979 Art deco-styled dashboard in a 1947 T87

The car was 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). It is ranked among the fastest production cars of its time.

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