Every Non-Front-Engined Sedan

Sedans: they're for carting nuclear families around. It makes sense to stick the engine right up at the front of the car, out of the way of the passengers in the middle, and the luggage at the back. This is not how every carmaker goes about this business. » 10/29/14 9:30pm 10/29/14 9:30pm

Could The Tatra Burnout Be The Rarest Burnout?

I've seen a lot of unexpected cars doing burnouts in my time at Los Jalops, and I think this Tatra 613 might be the rarest one I've seen. » 4/10/14 1:00pm 4/10/14 1:00pm

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… » 3/09/14 4:30pm 3/09/14 4:30pm

Big Trucks, Romping Through The Desert

The Dakar Truck classes are pretty amazing things to see, especially these huge and surprisingly agile big Tatra trucks. It's like watching a cross between a jackrabbit and a garbage truck. As usual, beware of the soundtrack. » 1/01/14 4:00pm 1/01/14 4:00pm

Tatra 8x8 Truck Trials Are Awesome

I never tire of Eastern Europe's truck trials, because I get to see people drive eight-wheel drive Tatra trucks fit for World War III drive down cliffs into piles of mud and make farting noises. » 2/21/13 1:00pm 2/21/13 1:00pm

What's The Most Interesting Car Of All Time?

I like my cars to be one of two things: Fast or interesting. Ideally, they should be both, but I'll settle for one or the other if I have to. » 2/16/13 1:00pm 2/16/13 1:00pm

Show Us The Best Non-American V8 Engines

American V8s are pretty awesome. They've been the muscles of U.S. car culture since Bonnie and Clyde first floored their Ford Model B. They're the ultimate answer in the eyes of the costumers when it comes to the question of performance. » 1/31/13 4:20pm 1/31/13 4:20pm

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

Watch Soviet-Era Off-Roaders Perform An Ice Ballet

Like bears in tutus, 8x8 Tatra 813s are not the best dancers. You'll see what I mean when you watch these 30-ton machines attempt a beautifully choreographed ballet on ice. » 4/10/12 1:00pm 4/10/12 1:00pm

Eight-Wheel-Drive Tatra Puts Your Jeep To Shame

There are off-roaders, and then there are military-grade, eight-wheel-drive off-road titans. This Tatra 813, powering out of a potential rollover at the 2011 Mohelnice Grand Prix truck trials in the Czech Republic is the latter. » 4/04/12 1:00pm 4/04/12 1:00pm

1972 Tatra T603 is even stranger than usual

There isn't a whole lot you can do to make a Tatra T603 stranger than it already is. These rare Czech made luxury cars came from the factory with a rear mounted air cooled V8 and a design that is hard to describe. Interestingly enough, the current owner of this T603 managed to do the impossible with the odd addition… » 1/21/12 11:00am 1/21/12 11:00am

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… » 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

The most cinematic Eastern-bloc car commercial you'll ever see

Mister Scroggs calls this Czechoslovakian TV spot for the 1962 Tatra 603 the "Citizen Kane of long form car commercials." He's only understating it a little. » 7/12/11 2:30pm 7/12/11 2:30pm

Behold the Hemi powered “Communist Porsche”


It's not from Germany and it doesn't have a flat four (or six), but this 1957 Tatra 603, nicknamed the "Communist Porsche", is rear engined, air cooled and very rare. Best of all, if you've always dreamt of a communist hot rod in your garage this Tatra is currently for sale on Ebay. » 4/10/11 4:00pm 4/10/11 4:00pm