Today, the Tatra brand is best known for its heavy-duty trucks that carry goods all over Europe, but their legacy as a carmaker is a bit less celebrated, especially in the US. That's a shame, because the Czech company's legacy includes some of the oddest passenger vehicles to ever hit the roads. Case in point: the Tatra 603. With four lights in its round grille, the sedan has a face only a mother could love, but things get truly odd in the rear where you find an air-cooled, V8 engine.

Coincidentally, the Tatra is getting a special class dedicated to it at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Auto journalist Roman Mica and the rest of the team from The Fast Lane Car decided on a wickedly cool project to coincide with the event. They bought a 1968 Tatra 603 in Liberec, Czech Republic, with the goal of driving it across a continent and a half, all the way to Pebble Beach. The undertaking has a personal touch too because Mica was actually born in the former Czechoslovakia and fled the country as a child in 1968 after the communists invaded.

The site is documenting the whole endeavor, which it calls Prague to Pebble or Bust, on video and is posting them online. If you're a fan of quirky old cars or what it takes to live with them, you really need to check this series out. You can check out the project page here to see all of the videos so far. Scroll down to watch the episodes where the team picks up the car in Europe, its arrival in the US and a brief mechanical look.






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      Luke
      • 4 Months Ago
      I saw that Tatra three days ago. TFL Car brought the Tatra to Cars and Coffee last weekend. I had met and talked with Roman previously. A very nice guy!
      1guyin10
      • 4 Months Ago
      What a great adventure. Lets hope the folks who run the show at Pebble Beach actually let them in when they get there. If they don't they are missing a great opportunity.
      Heinz Richter
      • 4 Months Ago
      Just for the record, Czechoslovakia was a communist country until the fall of the iron curtain. The invasion that took place in 1968 was by the Soviets to crush the democratic uprising, rhe socalle Prague Spring, under Dubček.
      David
      • 4 Months Ago
      "communists invaded"? This is the second time you f-uped about my country. Last time you said we were former USSR republic. Who is editing this. Please go back to 7th grade before you post anything about you have no idea about. Morons.
      dukeisduke
      • 4 Months Ago
      "The undertaking has a personal touch too because Mica was actually born in the former Czechoslovakia and fled the country as a child in 1968 after the communists invaded." Huh? Czechoslovakia was already communist, going back to 1948. It was the Soviets and Warsaw Pact members who invaded in 1968, in response to liberalization (the Prague Spring).
      Brodz
      • 4 Months Ago

      Tatras are awesome.

      Charles
      • 4 Months Ago
      Interesting car. But then again I can appreciate weird sometimes.