Tatra T603 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1968 Tatra T603 2.5 air cooled V8

Model year1968
Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 2.5 air cooled V8 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen CX

Summary:

Flash Gordon's Cadillac!

Faults:

I accidentally overtightened a carburettor screw once, which led to a gasoline leak, soaking the engine block. That was an expensive repair, requiring towing of the vehicle and re-cutting the screw mount.

Starting was often hard for no discernible reason.

An electric glitch leeched out battery power, without hope of ever finding the problem, but regular driving would keep the battery alive well enough.

General Comments:

It is amazing to think this car was designed in 1955, as it seems so competent in every respect.

Seating is excellent for six adults, and ventilation is adequate.

Steering is surprisingly light and precise.

Braking is very good and steady for a car that age.

The V8 engine sound is delightful, yet unobtrusive.

This is a wonderful cruiser and tourer.

Acceleration is glacial though, and it is hard to keep the car moving in hilly topography, because the electro-hydraulic column shift transmission is slow and long-geared, and can be tricky to handle. The driver must get in a habit of gearing down very early, maintaining a high level of RPMs that can seem a bit brutal to the uninitiated, to avoid slowing to a crawl on highway inclines.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

Average review marks: 4.2 / 10, based on 1 review