Tatra - 603
The Tatra 603 is a large rear engined sedan manufactured by the long established Tatra vehicle business in former Czechoslovakia. The model replaced the T600 model in 1956: three versions were manufactured successively between 1956 and 1975, but the cars were allocated only to senior members of the political and industrial establishments. Small numbers of T603s were exported to most of the central European countries allied to Czechoslovakia at the time and to Cuba.
Sales to private individuals were not normally possible, although a few T603s appear to have been privately owned in East Germany. During the car's twenty year production run, 20,422 cars were built, mostly by hand. To the west of the Iron Curtain the car was unknown, though some were used by Czechoslovak embassies in western capitals. T603 was replaced by the T613 in 1974.