CAR DONATION HALL OF FAME
We love our vehicle donors and our donors love their cars! Over the years, we have had a number of terrific donations, classic vehicles, specialty vehicles, boats, planes, and more. We’ve also hear some amazing stories from our donors that explains their deep connection to the charity and the loyalty. Our Hall of Fame highlights some of our favorite car donations. We’ll feature our weirdest, wackiest, funniest, and favorite donations of all time. It’s also a place to celebrate the generosity of our donors and the impact their gift has on charity.
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1950 Tatra 600
This 1950 Tatra 600 was donated through the American Cancer Society Cars for a Cure Vehicle Donation Program. The Tatra 600 was named the Tatraplan and was a luxury automobile produced in Czechoslovakia, behind the Iron Curtain. The 600 has a very interesting history to go with the outstanding craftsmanship and amazing art deco design. This was one of the last luxury automobiles produced in the communist Eastern Europe. After World War II, Tatra returned to its pre-war business of building passenger cars in addition to commercial (and military) vehicles. Tatra manufacturing was nationalized in 1946 two years before the Communist takeover in 1948. The Tatra 600 Tatraplan was designed in 1946-47 to celebrate nationalism and developing communist pride but also celebrated technology and had a distinct éroplan inspiration (‘éroplan’ means airplane in colloquial Czech).
Every now and then we receive a really cool car donation that makes a huge impact for our charity partners. Recently, we processed a 1999 Porsche 911 6- cylinder from a generous donor in Florida. This beautiful car had just over 33,000 miles and was well cared for. Porsche lovers will recognize the 1999 model – code name 996 – as the first new body redesign since the Porsche 911 debuted in 1963. Curious about what motivates someone to donate a high value luxury car, I reached out to the donor, Carl, who was more than happy to share his story.