Sachsenring P240

Thursday 3 August 2011
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.

The Comecon issued a provision, which bounded Czechoslovakia not to make more than 300 luxurious cars per year. However Tatra was making more of them, which became an issue in years 1957 and 1958, especially since the East Germany had production of its own luxurious car, the Sachsenring P240. The Comecon decided that the two countries must reach a deal, which one will continue the production and will supply also the other country. In 1958 the Ministries of Interior of both countries took part in trials; also the East Germany's Minister of Machinery personally took part in them. The Tatra 603 won and subsequently also the East Germany's higher communist officials got to drive the T603, while the lower ones had to stick with imports from USSR.

Technical data:
- engine: 6 cylinders
- capacity: 2408 cc
- horsepower: 80 HP
- gearbox: 3+1
- top speed: 140 km/h

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