Car Photo(s) of the Day: More of that 1938 Tatra T-87

I posted a tight crop of a headlight and partial bonnet of this car a few days ago. I thought I had perhaps posted a real puzzler, but you guys are all too good. It was properly identified instantly! Perhaps my post title was the give-away as I called it a “Secret Weapon” a shortened moniker it received by the occupying Germans during the Second World War, as it had a habit of killing German officers who drove it beyond its performance envelope.

Until I stumbled upon this example I had yet to see a Tatra T-87 in the flesh. This one appeared before me as soon as I stepped onto the show field of the Art Center School of Design’s 2009 car Show. A great introduction to this amazing car as well, as this example is in near perfect condition. I hovered around it for quite a long time – so long in fact that the car’s caretaker noted my minor obsession and opened a door for me so I could photograph the interior.

I’ll just shut up and let the car speak for itself via my photos. Feel free to share observations, obsessions, and/or Tatra knowledge in the comments!

What an amazing machine!

3 thoughts on “Car Photo(s) of the Day: More of that 1938 Tatra T-87”

  1. Other than the usual data about Tatras (rear engined, air-cooled V8) the only other thing I know is, Tatra is where Herr Ing. Porsche stole the idea of swing axles. On the Tatra, rather than the VW-style ‘beaver tail and paddles’ arrangement, in the Tatra, the axles were one with their respective spider gear and they pivoted about the other two spiders.

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