• Jul 31, 2010
The web has spoken and a 1941 Tatra T87 has been voted The New York Times 2010 Collectible Car of the Year. The rear-engined, air-cooled V8 Tatra beat 30 finalists (overall, there were 651 entrants), including noteworthy cars from Packard and Checker. The T87's owner, Paul Greenstein, was shocked to hear that his car – one of three Tatras he owns – came out on top. Greenstein says the Tatra has a unique allure that can't be matched by other manufacturers. For Americans, rarity factors into that, as the Czech marque was never sold in the United States.

Greenstein picked up his car in 2001 for the princely sum of $8,000. At the time, the fin wasn't in show-quality condition, so he had the T87 shipped to the Czech Republic for a full restoration. Fringe benefits of having the work done in the old country included cheap labor and parts availability that couldn't be matched in the U.S. Three-and-a-half years and $60,000 later, Greenstein and his girlfriend had their T87 back. Don't scoff at the cost; recent examples have sold at auction for as much as $125,000. Fortunately, the Times' Collectible Car of the Year award includes a $5,000 check along with the trophy.

Head over to the The New York Times to read the full story, and be sure to also visit Clunkbucket for a few shots of Paul Greenstein's T87 taken prior to its restoration.

[Source: The New York Times | Image: Clunkbucket]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      $60K for a restoration and his pants don't fit, he looks like a peasant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tatra's are sweet. We've had the Tatra logo among our t-shirt offerings for sometime. Check it out, along with several other classics we have available: http://www.zazzle.com/retromotors/
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) has a Tatra on display. It is in almost mint condition. An amazing car, definitely way ahead if its time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was the oscar "get it" os-car weiner mobile..lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. That thing looks straight outta Gotham city..
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the first air cooled V-8 I've heard of. They must have had a heck of a fan and a duct system to match. One of the examples I saw running on a linked video sounded noisy and smoked like my old Corvair.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a great looking car. It looks like the old French Citroiens. Always liked those as well. never rode in either however.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A pal of mine owned a pre-war Tatra in France. We motored from Paris to Lyon and then on to Cannes before returning to barracks. It was reliable, fast and smooth for its time. He paid the dollar equal of $200 for it in 1961 and drove it until 1968 with very few problems. Nice to see this one so well restored; it is a valuable car as few if any exist now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have never even seen or heard of that before. The automotive world continues to amaze me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like its successor more, T603; it's the "bizarre" car Jim Carrey drove in A Series of Unfortunate Events

      http://www.google.cz/images?q=tatra%20603&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1920&bih=1111
        • 4 Years Ago
        He drove an old imperial sedan in that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh, it was someone else driving the T603 in that movie, sorry
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jay Leno, has one on his jaylenogarage.com show
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see a REAL auto on autoblog for once instead of some rolling computer
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