Collector Car Corner

Win This 1969 Dodge Coronet


Win This 1969 Dodge Coronet by Greg Zyla

Every now and then, a promotion comes across my desk that is way too good to put in the “circular file.” So, have you ever dreamed of owning an original, all-American muscle car? Now’s your chance thanks to the folks at Actron and Sunpro and their “Muscle Car Sweepstakes.”

1969 Dodge Coronet, muscle car, 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T, 440 Magnum V8, 1967 GTX, Sunpro gauges, Auto Round-Up MagazineWith no purchase necessary, I’ve learned that one lucky winner will drive away in a beautifully restored 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T armed with a 440 Magnum V8 – which is a 375 horsepower MOPAR legend! I owned a 1967 GTX 440-375 back in 1968, so I know personally this car will be a great one to drive.

“Sunpro gauges are iconic of the 1960s and 1970s muscle car era,” explained Joe Young, product manager, Sunpro. “If you were a racer or into cars at all, chances are there was a Sun Super Tach perched on your dashboard.” (Note: Yep, Joe is correct).

The Actron and Sunpro “Muscle Car Sweepstakes” started June 1 and concludes Nov. 30, 2008. To be eligible, contestants must complete an official entry form available at retail locations where Actron and Sunpro products are sold, at select shows and events, or online at

Retail locations include Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Pep Boys and Sears. The show events are: Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals, July 11-13, Carlisle, Pa.; MOPAR Nationals; August 8-10, Columbus, Ohio; Goodguys Blue Suede Cruise, September 5-7, Norwalk, Ohio; Goodguys East Coast Nationals, September 12-14; Rhinebeck, N.Y., Goodguys Southeastern Nationals, October 24-26; Charlotte, N.C.; and finally, the 2008 SEMA Show; November 4-7; Las Vegas.

For official rules – as well as details of the grand prize 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T – visit Readers can visit Sunpro at online to check out its line of tachs and gauges and Actron’s diagnostic equipment at

The way I look at it, someone is going to win this great looking ’69 R/T 440, (see the photo) and it could one of my readers, which would truly make my day!

Additionally, I just “read” a friend’s Pontiac Grand Prix with my Actron OBDII hand held diagnostic plug in reader and told him what his “service engine light” code was, and my 72 Challenger has a Sunpro tach in it!
Coincidence? I don’t think so. These companies make good products that are affordable, and they are thanking the people who love cars.

That’s us, so enter today!

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1947 T-600 Tatraplan


1947 T-600 Tatraplan By Greg Zyla

Q: Greg, I’m working on a T-600 Tatraplan automobile, and I know many people have ever never seen or heard of one of these. Mine is a 1947 model, and it would be interesting to see what info you can provide. I have both 4-cylinder and a V8 air cooled engines and transaxles. I enjoy your column very much. Raymond Hogg, Big Spring, Texas.

A: Raymond, I haven’t heard the word Tatraplan since my good friend Jack Kulp mentioned this Czechoslovakian-built car to me about 25 years ago. Kulp, a famous drag racer, used to run blown 445-inch Olds and Hemi Chrysler engines in foreign cars, most notably a Simca blown AA/Gas Supercharged machine. (He also ran Willys coupes, too).

Anyway, Kulp had told me about the Tatraplan which was built by the Tatra car company, and that he nearly bought one and made it into a racecar. Your car is a mid to late year 1947 model that received the nomenclature T-600 Tatraplan.

The Tatraplan name comes from what was a government sponsored, “centralized economic” plan in Czechoslovakia, where the car was produced. T-600 Tatraplans were streamliner type cars that came with a 1952cc inline 4-cylinder air-cooled engines that were placed in the rear between the axle. The body had a coefficient aerodynamic drag of 0.32, which was great for that era.

Overall, some 4,200 T-600’s were sold from 1947 through 1951, but in late 1951, the Czech Department of Defense, which controlled the production of the cars, informed Tatra they would now build trucks, and that all cars would be built under the Skoda brand. Skoda was one of the other car companies in the country at the time, and also run by the government. The third car company in the Czech Republic was Praga.

In 1954, however, Tatra re-joined the car building with a large passenger car, and this is where that air cooled V8 engine and transaxle you have in your garage come into play. The V8 T603-engine had previously been developed and tested on the race track in Tatra experimental and race type cars. It was used for the Tatra-603, and went on sale in 1955 and remained in production until 1975. In its’ 18 years of sales, a total of 20,422 T-603’s were built.

You have some very interesting items in your garage, so keep us informed and send a photo as you move forward.

Hope this all helps and thanks for the nice comments.

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1936 Plymouth Street Rod



Q: I have a 1936 Plymouth 4-door that I am making into a Street Rod. I would like to know how to fill the roof and do away with the vinyl top. Can you tell me how to do that, and what materials are needed? Dave L., Kansas City, Kansas.

A: Dave, I’m not a body person, but there is a contact in Kansas City that can help you for sure. Dale Wilch Sales & Mfg. Tools, Box 12031, Kansas City, KS 66112. Telephone 913-788-3219 or check Dave’s website at, Good luck.

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