Because Paul Greenstein was able to forge a lifelong dream of a streamlined future and rusting satellite TV antenna together into this beautiful air-cooled V-8 powered sedan is exactly why automobiles will forever be part of our culture. That being said, we bring you Paul and Dydia’s 1941 Tatra T87. Legend has it that a soldier returning from World War II drove this particular Tatra T87 onto a ship, and then back off home to New York State. The T87 then sat at a local dealership for many years as undeniable proof that they really would take any car on trade-in. The Tatra ended up switching hands a few times until in 2001 Paul acquired the rusty T87 after the previous owner had stalled on his restoration plans, and parked the Tatra on a concrete slab shared with a satellite TV dish.
In 2001 Paul drove out to New York from his home in Los Angeles to pick up the T87. After realizing the car would never be finished on his own schedule, he traveled to back to the old country to research those who specialized in Tatras, eventually getting Tatra restoration titans Ecorra on the job. The car went over to Germany in 2003, then off to the Czech Republic where it sits now at the Tatra Museum. The T87 is heading back soon to the modern city of Los Angeles to join a few more Tatras already in the Greenstein Collection. Paul sent us these photos of himself and Dydia DeLyser on their recent trip to Ecorra. Paul and Dydia brought along a restored steering wheel and clock completed at Greenstein world headquarters for installation at Ecorra, and took the T87 on an excursion over the same roads it traveled on its first trip out of the factory in 1941. Stay tuned for more Tatra and Radegast in future installments.