Every journey is happy in a Tatra 603, the world's best car

I had no clue that the Tatra 603 was actually the world's greatest car until I watched this 52-year-old promotional film. (Torchinsky would probably disagree.) It's fast. It drifts. It fords streams. It tumbles down mountains. All while staying a step ahead of the cops, to boot. » 4/07/14 10:37am 4/07/14 10:37am

1941 Tatra T87: The Jalopnik Classic Review

I'm sure you're seeing that '99' up there and are a little incredulous. How can an archaic, bizarre car like this possibly get almost a perfect score? Nothing's ever scored that high! The answer's easy: because I really want it to. The only reason I'm not giving it a 100 is because I don't own it. » 4/03/14 3:00pm 4/03/14 3:00pm

I Had No Idea Italy Built A Tatra

I always loved Tatra's T87 because it seemed like a refugee from an alternate world that never was — a world of airships instead of airplanes, vacations on the moon in Airstream Lunar Trailers, and, of course, streamlined rear-engined cars. I'd never heard of this Isotta Fraschini before, but it seems to be of the same … » 3/09/14 4:30pm 3/09/14 4:30pm

Show Us The Weirdest And Best Communist Sports Cars

For some reason, the commies weren't really into sports cars. Maybe driving for something other than to transport political prisoners around seemed like a waste of precious resources. No matter, this didn't stop the engineers of the nationalized factories from creating beautiful machines from the bits and pieces they… » 12/12/12 3:00pm 12/12/12 3:00pm

By Tatra across America

We recently wrote about the inspiring and rather epic road trip of Jiří Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund, the two Czech engineers who drove across most of the world in a Tatra 87. Jalopnik reader John Long from Toronto was also familiar with Hanzelka’s and Zikmund’s story—and he was inspired on an entirely different level: » 10/26/11 12:30pm 10/26/11 12:30pm

The two Czechs who drove across the world in a Tatra

In April 1947, two wild and crazy Czechs set off from Prague in a Tatra 87 and drove 40,000 miles across Africa and South America. Přes Kordillery (“Across the Cordilleras”) is their book about the middle part of the trip: from Buenos Aires to Lima, across the world’s then-highest road. It is, as one would expect, the… » 8/08/11 1:30pm 8/08/11 1:30pm