The Nazi Killer: 1938 Tatra T87 - Jay Leno’s Garage

26. 07. 2020
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The Tatra T87 was an innovative car with features well ahead of it's time, not the least of which was its propensity to kill Nazis!
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The Nazi Killer: 1938 Tatra T87 - Jay Leno’s Garage
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  • Hans Ledwinka designed a "Volkswagen", the production-ready Tatra V570, before the German KdF wagen was past it's pre-production phase and it's said the nazi's prevented the production of the car (Czecho Slovakia was "taken" by Hitler in march '39).

    Toq ToqToq ToqPřed 5 hodinami
  • good

    Carmel CassarCarmel CassarPřed 11 hodinami
  • And anything that kiled that many nazis can't be all bad..

    arch9eniusarch9eniusPřed dnem
  • Lane Motor Museum in Nashville has several Tatras. And they have given rides in the past.

    joeaveragerjoeaveragerPřed 3 dny
  • Compare to Doug DeMuro it is a poor observation.

    unknown artistunknown artistPřed 3 dny
  • im from czech im proud to see this, amercians are interested in our tatras i like your dodge challenger from 1969

    Bones SesherBones SesherPřed 3 dny
  • We know it well here in MN

    prmolinaprmolinaPřed 4 dny
  • Side wind. Tail fin. Rear wheels driven. Heavy on back. Track leading through forrests. With occasional clearings. Careless nazi driver behind steering wheel. And small benzin interior air heater under front seats... Here you go Herr Sturmbannfuhrer.

    denis5305denis5305Před 4 dny
  • Hlo sir i like the way you explain every aspect of each car im just curious you have huge collection of cars from around the world but would you please make video about hindustan motors that would be great for your indian fans

    Hardeep BhatiaHardeep BhatiaPřed 4 dny
  • hell of a beautiful car ☺ love it ☺

    Blutgruppe Jesus negativBlutgruppe Jesus negativPřed 4 dny
  • Jay is not in uniform..! All of his denim is in the wash.

    Tom WTom WPřed 5 dny
  • The front windshield is similar to the 1934-1936 Hupmobile Aerodynamics, designed by Raymond Loewy. It was called the "Pilot House" windshield.

    Richard BoberRichard BoberPřed 5 dny
  • I visited Praque in 1996 as a student. I spotted several Tatra’s on the streets. The city was pretty derelict at the time and so where the cars. I almost bought a Tatra. But bought (in Holland) a 1967 Mustang instead. The Tatra would had been a better investment : )

    IGM InfographicmediaIGM InfographicmediaPřed 5 dny
  • 354 people had relatives who were German officers killed driving a Tatra.

    djaricdjaricPřed 5 dny
  • You had me at "kills Nazis", Jay. Also, neat car!

  • Buck Rogers in the 20th Century. You can see a LOT of this car in the early VW Beetle, including the wig-wag turn signal. Does the center headlight really have much of an effect?

    SoloPilot6SoloPilot6Před 5 dny
  • When I was almost a teenager my grandmother bought me a book called The Age of Cars by Mike Twite, I saw the Tatra in that book and loved it, I've never forgotten it and I'm probably one of few people my age who know what it is.

    ChivalryE34ChivalryE34Před 5 dny
  • Looks like a cockroach on wheels

    love4lust7301love4lust7301Před 6 dny
  • You look like you have been working out and have lost weight . As America's favorite car guru ,your health is very important to all your fans !

    John ChurchJohn ChurchPřed 6 dny
  • If you would like to know more about the controversial history of one of the most famous cars in the world WV Beetle - Hans Ledwinka was really a brilliant mind in very difficult times.

    DrasťaDrasťaPřed 6 dny
  • What amazing car.....with a touch of mistery, all the cars should be like that!!!

    Moises SabillonMoises SabillonPřed 7 dny
  • Probably the most unusual car built......thanks, very enjoyable video........Jim

    Jim PieJim PiePřed 7 dny
  • Everyone’s working from home. Even rush hour isn’t much these days.

    mcatlow8mcatlow8Před 7 dny
  • Hi Jay. Just want to say you did a great job on this video. And further - I like when you do these reviews all alone (sometimes) and it's like you're talking to everyone one on one - like a personal friend. That is just kinda coo, lol

    TayGi777TayGi777Před 8 dny
  • You're having your finest hour, Jay.

    Jud NicholsJud NicholsPřed 8 dny
  • I think the most unique part of this car is the air cooled V8 that no one in the U.S thought of.

    Scott HanselScott HanselPřed 8 dny
  • Thanks for showing the underside.

    Jud NicholsJud NicholsPřed 8 dny
  • Gotta love those steering-wheels guaranteed to neuter any modern-day U.S.A. male.

    Topher TheTenthTopher TheTenthPřed 9 dny
  • Love this car. It looks like a Volkswagen in the front and a Bugatti in the rear.

    bigwaveriderbigwaveriderPřed 9 dny
  • I think jay inadvertently discovered the mystery of the crashed nazis. Defective hood latch.🤭

    Gallery TechGallery TechPřed 10 dny
  • I love the way Jay pays his knowledge forward. Beats guys like Seinfeld.

    Rich SackettRich SackettPřed 10 dny
  • Jay, I know you probably won't read this yourself but I just love your videos. With all the senseless hate and madness going on in the world right now it's really comforting to just sit back and watch you talk about your collection. Your passion for your cars is so much fun, and your laid back manner makes me feel like you're talking to me as an old friend. It's so refreshing. To both you and your team from the bottom of my heart, all of you are just fabulous decent people. Please keep up the great work.

    Jack GinsbergJack GinsbergPřed 11 dny
  • : ) : ) !!!!!

    עמית פרסקיעמית פרסקיPřed 11 dny
  • Two Czechoslovak travellers, Hanzelka and Zikmund drove all across Africa and South america in these cars. some footage from their trips can be found on youtube. These cars were very sturdy, not only luxurious. There is a little part, Hanzelka and Zikmund driving thorough Nubian Desert:

    Radomír CitaRadomír CitaPřed 11 dny
  • There is NO PANDEMIC!!!!!!!

    Kennur LarssonKennur LarssonPřed 11 dny
  • As a world-renowned collector, you must have the first three cars out of the first three cars. You have a Mercedes and a Tatra, the third is ŠKODA .... , yes also from Czechoslovakia as a Tatra ... And also the JAWA motorcycle, from which the patented clutch and front fork drive today's machines all over the world

  • Thats great car even the Tatra 603 is a nice car you should check it out

    Richard GrancaiRichard GrancaiPřed 12 dny
  • Thanks for a little normalcy during this time, much appreciated Jay

    Keal ClearKeal ClearPřed 12 dny
  • Czechs Wes best than German in every thing before 1939 , then Natzis and the Soviet’s destroys there souls.

    Sam from PragueSam from PraguePřed 13 dny
    • 🙈

      TerrorTerrorPřed 12 dny
  • 🤣 5:17

    Harold SinghHarold SinghPřed 13 dny
  • The next specifically aerodynamic air cooled car was the Citroen GS of 1970; it remained the most aerodynamic small sedan for the next ten years or so...

    stylophobiastylophobiaPřed 14 dny
  • 18:33 OCD kicking in when I see that middle headlamp lens not level!

    Uri SchwartzUri SchwartzPřed 14 dny
    • And fix the hub cap! it looks like it's going to fall off.

      Chris GrenznerChris GrenznerPřed 14 dny
  • Swing arms

    Pete GuthriePete GuthriePřed 15 dny
  • Maybe the too fast corner was not the only thing that killed those Nazis, just the hood almost killed Jay too!

    Pandan Tour BangkokPandan Tour BangkokPřed 16 dny
  • 100 MPH plus on those tyres oh scary only Mr Leno would have a car like that brilliant.

    john carringtonjohn carringtonPřed 16 dny
  • I'll bet getting normal wear and tear parts is fun. Air cleaner element, brake shoes, oil filter etc. Probably extinct.

    Wild BillWild BillPřed 16 dny
  • I'm a fan of Czech engineering. As someone quipped, "They're like German engineers, but without the money." I own a CZ Enduro, a Jawa ISDT and Jawa 353. And I love quirky but successful cars. I own a 3-cyl Saab 96 Sport and propane power Morgan +8. It's great the way you explain the mechanics and engineering of the cars. I'd even like to see more video of the cars being worked on and the internals. Especially the really unusual parts like the Tatra V8 and the rear drive to the wheels. It was fascinating when you explained the Doble steamer operation.

    Brent MeekerBrent MeekerPřed 17 dny
    • Sir, the town where Tatras were being made is called Koprivnice. If by any chance you get nearby. Today they still produce trucks, still with its central tube chassis which features great terrain capabilities. And factory museum is really worth seeing. Along the way, in another beautiful town called Olomouc, some crazy IT billionaire, setup Veteran Arena. Museum of classic cars, mostly 20’s and 30’s production. Major share Made in Czechoslovakia. You might like this one as well.

      denis5305denis5305Před 4 dny
    • I gotta Czech it out! I'll get me coat...

      Jochen StackerJochen StackerPřed 6 dny
  • Anyone in Australia as jay pulls up at the start of trip think that pickup was a cop car with that colour combo?

    landau46tlandau46tPřed 17 dny
  • "Shampooing a lion" 😂😂😂😂great description, driving this car has got to be something to remember!

    e swaine swainPřed 17 dny
  • Some fine things are still made in Eastern Europe. Pipistrel, for one.

    Ari LehtiniemiAri LehtiniemiPřed 19 dny
  • Ive allways love this car. That lines. Known that is Tsekkoslovakian,and v8 in the back,but your clarification for it,was cool to me. Thank you.

    Jukka KärnäJukka KärnäPřed 19 dny
  • Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven memories

    EngiNetionEngiNetionPřed 19 dny
  • The front looks like a classic VW Bug with an extra headlight in the middle.

    Jason SpencerJason SpencerPřed 19 dny
  • Double-clutch the downshifts, Jay. Jesus Christ, the grind.

    Old_GuardOld_GuardPřed 20 dny
  • Wow, yeah, i have heard of Tatra before. We have a car guy in the family.

    Solid ShavesSolid ShavesPřed 20 dny
  • I really enjoyed this episode, thanks, very cool :-)

    John M CameronJohn M CameronPřed 20 dny
  • Design is reminiscent of the modern koenigsegg gemera.

    Reed HReed HPřed 20 dny
  • One of coolest cars I've ever seen.

    P 90P 90Před 20 dny
  • Take a look at Škoda 935 from 1935:

    Jaroslav SvobodaJaroslav SvobodaPřed 21 dnem
  • Not a every day thing.

    ebeebePřed 21 dnem
  • I looked up the production figures for all Tatra T87's and from 1936-1950, only 3,056 were produced. Even factoring in WWII, that's a SMALL amount for any car company.-John in Texas

    TheGearhead222TheGearhead222Před 22 dny
  • Thank you for this video, Mr. Leno, greetings from Prague!

    mikeeY PraguemikeeY PraguePřed 22 dny
  • Tatra also looks from the front as a VW-beetle.

    PfirtzerPfirtzerPřed 22 dny
  • Best things what you said... this car has killed more Nazis then Czechoslovakian :)

    Arkadiusz WikaArkadiusz WikaPřed 22 dny

  • That Hood/Bonnet looks flimsy flexes too much and is a nightmare to close and secure....What a 🍋 of a vehicle.

    Fred FungusFred FungusPřed 23 dny
  • THANK YOU,,,, JAY LENO !!!!!! ;) ;)

    John YoungJohn YoungPřed 23 dny
  • This is an absolutely fascinating car. It looks and sounds like it would be so much fun to drive. The only thing I would feel awkward about is backing up. It doesn't look like it has a rear window of any kind. I love it tho. I appreciate Jay so much for making this show.

    Thomas GaryThomas GaryPřed 23 dny
  • It's a real Hemi too, Soccer Mom Sheep Truck lovers. Absolutely loved this video and the sound of that motor.

    G Michael LeonardG Michael LeonardPřed 24 dny
  • Sorry for asking this, who's Bob? 8:24, cus i know some of the crew but i don't remember him.

    Sergio GaonaSergio GaonaPřed 24 dny
  • Nice!! I was aware of this car, but had only seen a few pictures of it and only had part of the history. Porche's comment about about looking over each others shoulders is probably fairly accurate. It's suggested the the sketch Hitler drew and gave to Porche for the "German people's car" was likely based on the Tetra V570 (a smaller car than the T87). But the Tetra V570 looks like it drew some inspiration from the NSU32 which Porche worked on, which itself drew on earlier designs by others.

    RabblewitzRabblewitzPřed 25 dny
  • I'm not a car nut, but I love some of Jay's videos. It is so nice to see a man living his dream and indulging in what must be a prohibitively costly passion for most men. It's great that he is preserving these beautiful mechanical treasures for posterity - and sharing his love of cars with us.

    Adam LoveAdam LovePřed 25 dny
  • Love these laid-back reviews Jay does so well. Lots of interesting tidbits.

    ArthurDentZaphodBeebArthurDentZaphodBeebPřed 25 dny
  • Car guys who haven't heard of Tatra? Do they live under a rock.

    Imp5011Imp5011Před 25 dny
  • quite easy to spot where porsche , got design for the v w from

    george haregeorge harePřed 26 dny
  • Sometimes they try to bring back the look of old automobiles--think New VW Bug, etc. But this here design is one they need to bring back.

    Kristine RodriguesKristine RodriguesPřed 26 dny
  • In a tour at the Porshe factory they said Tatra actually sued Porshe/VW, or at least made an infringement claim, before the war. Hitler, who hired Porshe to develop the VW, told Porshe not to worry about it (for reasons that soon became clear). It is obvious the concept for the VW-air cooled rear engine, swing axle, etc., came from Tara, as Tatra's eventually winning the lawsuit shows.

    heggharthegghartPřed 26 dny
  • Jays hair is reminding me of an older Marlon Brando lol a compliment.

    Dustin MastersonDustin MastersonPřed 26 dny
  • As a child my dad was a car guy,taking me to car shows .I saw one of theres in the early 60s .I thought it was the coolest vw,I'd ever seen.its so great to know what the car really was and its history. Thanks Jay

    Stephanie PerryStephanie PerryPřed 26 dny
  • Back in the times Hans Ledwinka was born there was Austria-Hungarian Empire so you did not know who was who. His name Ledwinka is definitely not Austrian. Hist father was Czech from Jihlava. Just because he was born on the Austrian side does not make him Austrian by roots. Then by this logic Ferdinand Porsche was Czech just because he was born on czech side...

    John DJohn DPřed 26 dny
  • My grandfather drove one of these back in the late 40s early 50s in Czechoslovakia when he was a chauffeur

    John DJohn DPřed 26 dny
  • When I was much younger, this mark only remained on busses & maybe trucks.....! The originality would be off-putting to most U.S. citizens---esp. to its contemporaries, but it's brilliant....!

    grafvonstauffenburggrafvonstauffenburgPřed 26 dny
  • Lucky treat for me tonight, coming across Jay's vids on his SM and this T87, 2 of my all time favs. I smiled when he mentioned the semaphore indicators. I'm currently having a 1949 Renault 760, (4CV) restored. Being a British example, (hence the "760" name,) it should have semaphores. Unfortunately, some previous owner had them removed and replaced with flashing side lights. I've had those side lights removed and I'm now trying to track down a set of 6V semiphores to return it to original.

    silkdestroyersilkdestroyerPřed 27 dny
  • One fact Jay doesn't mention here is this layout/design was built into the 80's Quite a car/reputation in eastern Europe.

    Vincent WalterVincent WalterPřed 27 dny
  • I know Ford V8 from the period, damn that thing is 20 years ahead of the flathead V8 which couldn't rev and was limited by low gearing and 3 speed. That said the USA didn't have many places to drive a Ford above 50mph in 1938,

    Vincent WalterVincent WalterPřed 27 dny
  • This car was owned by Frank Sintatra! The Czechoslovakian Frank Sinatra.

    Wolfdog PeteWolfdog PetePřed 27 dny
  • "Driving a Tatra produces the uneasy feeling you get from shampooing a lion" lol.

    SevintrixSevintrixPřed 27 dny
  • Our latest innovation... Suici....doors. Well enough of that .

    SevintrixSevintrixPřed 27 dny
  • So did you kill Bob?

    SevintrixSevintrixPřed 27 dny
  • It's just a story that I sort of enjoy lol. LMAO me too. Nazis ha.

    SevintrixSevintrixPřed 27 dny
  • Anything called a Nazi Killer is ok by me

    dissimetrydissimetryPřed 27 dny
  • jay how did u aquire the tatra? the rest of the history of the car is czechoslovakia was suing Germany 4 stealing patent rights of the car 4 the Volkswagon. so germany,s leader solved the problem and invaded czechoslovakia. After ww2 the law suit came about again and the tatra was awarded money for stealing the patents.

    joseph ryanjoseph ryanPřed 28 dny
  • Fascinating car which must have influenced later designers. I can see elements of DKW, Jaguar, Citröen, and Austin Atlantic in there. Thanks for the tour Jay. Loved the Gordon Wilkins reference!

    John PowellJohn PowellPřed 28 dny
  • Best episode I've seen. So much of this car looks like Beetle/356. I'm not sure how the story of Irwin Komenda fits here.

    dougcldougclPřed 28 dny
  • Nobody teaching us - czech people about these stories.. love to hear tatra killed some nacies fast. 😀

    sychrov81sychrov81Před 28 dny
  • Just wanted to say thank you sir!!! For being such an important part of AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY!!! More importantly THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!! Your legacy to the world will be your passion for cars!!!

    Scott JohnstonScott JohnstonPřed 29 dny
  • Wow! Fahrenheit 451 reference! 451'f is the ignition point of paper! Rumpler was behind the German WW1 Rumpler aircraft!

    micko11154micko11154Před 29 dny
  • Just imagine the alternative history. If there were no ww2, Germans and Russians in Czechoslovakia, what kind of cars would Škoda and Tatra making today. What Mercedes and the others ...

    4tom2u4tom2uPřed 29 dny
  • Hans Ledwinka spoke neither Czech nor Slovak. He apparently only spoke German.

    Thomas HillierThomas HillierPřed 29 dny
  • Thanks for reviewing this car Jay, I was facinated by these vehicles when I arrived in Prague on a milk run flight on an OK Air lines (Czech) Russian Illushin 62 airliner via Denpasar, Athens, from Australia in 1978 at the time of the 10th aniversary of the 68' "Prague Spring" when Alexander Dubcek started a series of reforms that Moscow didn't like causing 4 Warsaw pact countries troops and tanks to enter the country and suppress the Dubcek govt reform plans.. I rode from Vaclave Havel airport in Prague 25 miles to the small city of Kladnow in a Tatra 603 and had a hotel room that overlooked a thermal coal fired powerstation with cattle grazing around the cooling tower. The streets of Prague had Warsaw Pact troops and T 55 tanks stationed at various locations in order again to suppress any uprising on the 10th aniversary of the 68' Prague spring. i was lucky enough to ride several times in Tatra 2-603 models that were produced from i think 1955 -1975 so one driver informed me., they were returned to the factory when getting worn out and factory refurbished and many were used as taxis in Prague. The feel of riding in the back was a gentle swooping downward sensation as the car accellerated very smoothly and quietly , a sort of whooshing feeling and very comfortable , a classy finish to the interior and just so different to any other vehicle i have been in, and i have owned and driven many cars and trucks in my life. i was told that the Czechs were so apalled at the quality of Russian cars they opted to build the Tatra's again and did so to a very high quality standard. Fidel castro famously owned one as did many Warsaw Pact govt and military officials who preferred them to the Moskovitch ,Volga's and larger Chaika's and ZILS that emulated heavy American metal . I have driven Volga's a Moskovitch 408 , Lada's (Fiat copy's) and a Chaika. Generally they were robust but old technology as were some of the roads they needed to drive on. However the quality of the late ZIL 4112R I have looked at is stunning, and virtually hand made indicating the capabilities of exclusive car builders in Russia. However the Tatra was so ahead of its time, and i remember very clearly the surprise when i first set eyes on them, they looked so different to anything i had seen . Ross.

    Ross A WoodRoss A WoodPřed 29 dny