A Tatra T87 History Lesson From Professor Leno

What has a rear-mounted, air-cooled V8, was made in Czechoslovakia, and had a reputation for killing Nazis? That's right, the Tatra! This example is a 1938 Tatra T87, owned and operated by none other than self-proclaimed member of the "more money than brains" club, Jay Leno. And if it that wasn't impressive enough, Jay,… » 7/22/08 6:40pm 7/22/08 6:40pm

Engine Swap of the Day: Tatra and Audi V8s In Škoda Felicia

I've been making inquiries of our Czech friend BobAsh about the possibility of obtaining a Tatra V8 and transaxle from his homeland, thinking it might be fun to do a Tatra-engined VW Squareback as my personal Hell Project. He suggested I check out what some Czech madman did with a late-50s Škoda Felicia: first, a DOHC … » 11/13/07 12:45pm 11/13/07 12:45pm

BobAsh Road Tests the 1965 Tatra 603

Apparently, it wasn't enough for our Coronet 440-drivin' Czech friend BobAsh to tip us off about some vintage Tatra hoonage or help us out with a Czech Project Car Hell. Now he's gone and found a beautifully restored, Communist-bureaucrat-spec '65 Tatra 603 sedan, shot a ton of quality photographs, and then… » 10/29/07 11:30am 10/29/07 11:30am

Forget the VW Transporter: Hippie Barkas!

After helping us do an All-Czech Project Car Hell last week, our Czech Connection, bobash, now sends us some shots of a hippified Barkas B1000. See, an East German van is far more suitable for patchouli-scented adventures than its West German counterpart. We're starting to think it's time for a visit to the Czech… » 10/01/07 3:00pm 10/01/07 3:00pm

Ass-Engined Kafka Car Could Be Yours!


So what kind of wrong, wrong person would disapprove of a car with a rear-mounted 2.5-liter flathead hemi V8 engine? An air-cooled hemi V8, even! This may well be the raddest Iron Curtain car ever, and that's including the ZIS 112! We're currently engaged in frantic lobbying to somehow make Gawker buy us this Tatra as … » 9/07/07 3:15pm 9/07/07 3:15pm