Rare Rides: The 1997 Tatra 700, One Last Hurrah

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But nobody in 1996 was buying a refreshed rear-engine sedan from 1975 for big-time money, and when production halted midway through 1999, just 75 700s had been completed. And with the end of the 700 came the end of Tatra’s passenger car production.

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