By the late 1920s, Tatra realized that their very successful and robust T-12 needed updating. Automobiles were becoming larger and faster, and the T-12 was no longer adequate. In the early 1930s, Tatra introduced the T-50 series which included the T-52, T-54, and T-57 models. The engine in these models had increased to 4 cylinders and the wheelbase was slightly stretched, while it retained the basic chassis layout and configuration of the T-12 model.
Both the T-52 and T-54 had very low production numbers, while the T-57 was more popular and enjoyed a longer production cycle. The T-50 series gave Tatra an economical car range to offer alongside the more expensive and advanced streamlined series. The T-52/54 series ended production in 1936 but the more popular T-57 lasted until 1949.
Manufacturer: Zavody Ringhoffer-Tatra
Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia
Drivetrain Configuration: Front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 1462cc, 4 cylinder, air-cooled, 22 bhp
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Top Speed: 45 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1931-36
Number Produced: 486
Original Cost: Unknown