Tatra 49

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Tatra 49
Tatra 49 IMG 6919.JPG
Manufacturer Tatra
  • 1929-1930
  • about 200 produced
Assembly Kopřivnice, Moravia, Czechoslovakia
Body and chassis
Class Freight tricycle
Engine 529 cc Tatra 49 single-cylinder (based on T12 engine)
Transmission 3-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,265 mm (89.2 in)
Curb weight about 500 kg (1,100 lb) depending on version

Tatra 49 is a model of vintage three-wheeled motor vehicle made by Czech manufacturer Tatra. It was manufactured between 1929 and 1930.

It was developed with an aim to offer a commercial car at as low cost as possible. It shared some parts with Tatra 12 and with Tatra 30. However the motor tricycle wasn't a commercial success and only about 200 of them were made. A few cars of the type had also carrossery similar to the one of Tatra 12.


Tatra 49 rear


The car had Tatra 49 engine. It was four stroke spark ignition air cooled one cylinder based on Tatra 12 engine (basically a Tatra 12 engine cut in half). The power output was 5 kW (7 PS; 7 hp) at 2500 rpm.


The central bacbone tube is supported by stiff front axle from Tatra 30, while the engine and transmission box is bolted at the rear end. The freight version uses the central tube as exhaust muffler, while the personal motor car has standard extra exhaust muffler. The rear wheel is driven. The chassis weights 325 kg (717 lb).