In automotive history, you don’t get much more unique than Tatra and the unique T87. In fact, most have never even heard of the company. Tatra is an obscure brand hailing from Eastern Europe, specifically the Czech Republic. Now the car is getting some attention as it was voted the New York Times Collectible Car of the Year by readers online.
Totally cool? Yes. The car is just about the oddest, most unique production car on the road. The design is futuristic, with dominated by a huge fin in the back, and three headlights up front. The difference doesn’t end with styling, it also goes down to the powertrain – the T87 is rear-engined, using a small air-cooled V-8.
According to the NY Times, there were 30 finalists (culled from 651 entries), including a restored Checker taxicab and an elegant Packard roadster, readers of the online Automobiles pages cast 1,510 votes for the unusual Czech-built Tatra T 87, which is a 1941 model in basic black punctuated by a single huge dorsal fin.
This should come as no surprise to readers of Hooniverse. We have always been ahead of the curve. Read more of Tony’s post at Car Throttle, and go here for the NY Times Article.
Images courtesy of Stephanie Diani for The New York Times