Sachsenring P240

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Sachsenring P240
1957 Horch Sachsenring P240 IMG 0308.jpg
Manufacturer VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk Horch Zwickau
Also called Horch P240
Production 1956-1959
Body and chassis
Class Luxury car
Body style 4-door saloon
4-door cabrio
5-door estate
Layout FR layout
Related Kuva P240
Engine 2407 cc Horch 6
Length 4,73M
Width 1,72M
Height 1,60M

The Sachsenring P240 was a luxury car built by the VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk Horch Zwickau in East Germany between 1955 and 1959. The early preproduction models can be identified by the grill, which is divided in two and has vertical bars.

Despite a provision issued by the Comecon limiting production of luxurious cars in Czechoslovakia to no more than 300 per year, Tatra was making more than that. This became an issue in 1957 and 1958, especially considering East Germany was producing the Sachsenring P240 as its own luxurious car. The Comecon decided that the two countries must reach a deal to decide which country would continue production to supply the other with luxurious vehicles. In 1958 the Ministries of Interior of both countries took part in trials, which the East German Minister of Machinery personally attended. The Tatra 603 won, and subsequently East Germany's higher communist officials began to drive the T603, while lower officials had to drive imports from the USSR[1] (especially Volga).


  1. ^ M, Jára (17 August 2009). "Tatra 603 – historie, vývoj, technika, sport". Retrieved 16 September 2010. 

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