Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trumped Up: 1989 Tatra 613

I'm sure it is only a coincidence with the new administration in the White House, but I've noticed a recent uptick in the number of cars being offered from ex-Soviet bloc members on USA ebay.  Most of the Volgas and Gazs are just not interesting enough to get my attention (many are some kind of Fiat), but a rear engined aircooled V8 fastbackish 4-door?  Da, now I'm interested.  Find this 1989 Tatra 613 here on eBay bidding for $6,700 with 5 days to go, located in Cherry Hill, NJ.



 The Tatra 613 was manufactured in Czechoslovakia from 1974 through 1996 with only a few changes.  Things like impact standards and emissions limits were of little concern to the few who could afford an 8-cylinder powered automobile (mostly government officials, police, party leaders and spooks), so you didn't get the major changes every few years like cars in the west.


Under the hood...errr...trunk...is a 3.5 liter aircooled V8 that is setup to push something in the range of 175 horsepower into a 4-speed manual gearbox.  The sound of an uncorked 3.5 aircooled V8 is nothing short of glorious.


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5 comments:

  1. Up to $15,400 as of 9:28, EDT

    I love it.

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  2. She looked like a Bentley Arnage last night at 2am under the black light.
    This morning I woke up to this! And there is a mystery under the bonnet.

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  3. I don't understand Russian but these Tatra exhaust pipes are speaking to me... starts at 3:25
    https://youtu.be/HBiSJWAKSp4

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  4. Spooks ? Is that Putins Family ?

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  5. Looks like the High Window Special Hot House VW Dasher edition.

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