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Made To Drive | S03 E21

Tatra T87: Things of the Past

Other drivers speed past this Czech oddity without a second glance, seemingly oblivious to the car’s dorsal fin and triple headlights. But as Paul swings the Tatra into a parking space in front of a favorite local bistro, it’s as if he has brought the black teardrop to a stop in the middle of a Hollywood spotlight. Here come the second glances, the puzzled questions. "What in the world is that?"
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quat
quat

love the plate. OSMIVLC means 8cylinder in czech = osmiválec

Grant Lingley
Grant Lingley

Kevin, I agree completely….the cars, the Videos…all are truly wonderful and interesting in their own way but for me…after viewing these wonderful videos and stories….it has to be the people behind them…how does this Mr. Greenstein know what he does, where and how did he come upon the skills. I am building my new workshop and have been working on my old 914 for more than a few years but for sure I will never have the skills these people have and that is okay. My first post but have been viewing these great short stories for quite a while….great… Read more »

Daniel T
Daniel T

Just wanted to point out that the first car to which the “tear drop” shape was applied and pattented was built by romanian engineer Aurel Persu in 1922.

Kees Smit
Kevin Killacky
Kevin Killacky

Guys like Mr. Greenstein are the true vintage. Forget the wonderful old cars, jukeboxes, motorcycle, and old Czech army uniforms, those are great. But Mr. Greenstein is the one I like to see, to hear, and to know how he can be so good at so many things; how did he get so clever with his hands, how does his brain retain all this mechanical knowledge, how does he speak so eloquently, and finally, how did he learn to pronounce Czech words?

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

Sorry, but I have to say it. The 1st car to ever be designed in a wind tunnel was the Lancia Aprilia. I’M SORRY! I JUST TOO MUCH LANCIA! :p

Fraser Wright
Fraser Wright

Jake you forgot the Tatra T77 which preceded T87 and the Lancia Aprillia by a few years. In any case it is splitting hairs over it. But have a Budvar and enjoy your beautiful Lancia – Na zdraví!

JB21
JB21

Didn’t this car contributed more to the demise of German Nazis by killing officers on regular basis? Love the car, as usual, a great video, too!

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

The ‘evil’ cross between a Volkswagen Beetle and a Bugatti Atlantic!

Jan Izik
Jan Izik

Yeah but the Beetle was based on Tatras

Mykola Suntsov
Mykola Suntsov

Absolutely amazing.

Jeroen
Jeroen

Tatra. Love ehm! Both trucks and cars. They still seem to lack the respect/recognition they deserve in my opinion. They really where ahead of their time and have made some staggering technical marvelous machines. Their air cooled engines where fantastic. They had V10 and V12 air cooled diesel truck engines that stoot their test of time up into this millenium. Independend suspension on trucks, pioneered on their cars well before anyone thought of such an idea.

Thomas
Thomas

The music, the car, the guy, the story, what a wonderful composition.

Thank you Petrolicious and thank you Mr. Greenstein

ShamWerks

My thoughts exactly.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Its videos like this that i come to Petrolicious everyday and i think we can all agree the car hobby could use a bit more people like this in it. I am also into the more unusual and oddball like cars the world has to offer and I think the Tatra fits the bill quite nicely. Its really a shame when you ask people about innovative car makers they usually give you Ferrari, Lotus, and maybe even GM in some cases which is fine but its really sad that Tatra is always out of the picture.

Johnny B
Johnny B

Mr. Greenstein, you’re the man !!

Future Doc
Future Doc

Absolutely fantastic attitude. “Best un-restored” – fantastic

Gonzalo

I want to be Mr. Paul Greenstein !