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The Tatra T77 was the first serially produced aerodynamically designed automobile.

Launched in 1934, and produced until 1938 it was powered by a rear mounted 75 hp 3.4 litre air-cooled V8 engine. A lightweight magnesium alloy called Electron was used in the engine, transmission, suspension and various body parts. The T77 also had one of the lowest coefficients of drag at 0.212.

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA

My T77a was selected to be a key exhibit for the Moderism, Designing for a New World, 1914-1939. The show was originally organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum and was the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on Modernism to be staged in the United States. The streamlined, dorsal-finned Czech Tatra T77a was shown in the main lobby and was described as "One of the rarest Modernist cars".

The curators considered the Tatra T77a as the epitome of modernist design. They felt the Tatra would complement the other exhibits by moderist artists and photographers such as Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, Wassily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Alvar Aalto.

The Tatra was shipped from Toronto to Washington. 17th Street (the street that connects the White House and the Corcoran Gallery) was partially closed to allow the Tatra to enter the gallery. The Tatra was loaded backwards on a flatbed truck to get over the first set of steps and a ramp was built over the stairs to allow the Tatra to be driven through the glass entrance doors.






The Tatra is being positioned to enter the main front doors.

The sign above the door "DEDICATED TO ART".

Hand winched up the inside set of stairs, very slowly.

The Tatra was carefully moved exactly as the curator wished it displayed.

The Tatra's final position in the main lobby.

The Tatra appeared in the Washington Post.

And picked up internationally.

US First Lady, Laura Bush and Poland's First Lady Maria Kaczynska came to look at the Tatra T77a during a tour of the Moderism exhibition.