A Torana or a Tatra - today's tough choice

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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You might struggle for a roadworthy but it brings new meaning to the term 'paddock basher'

A Torana or a Tatra - today's tough choice
Just the thing for a little cruise in the countryside...

For the about the price of a mid-level Torana, you could throw convention to the winds and really impress your mates with this, a Polish-built armoured personnel carrier.

The Tatra OT-64 SKOT was originally designed in 1959 and was produced for around a decade from 1963. Some 4500 were made and there are probably still a few scuttling around in active military service in parts of Africa.

The eight-wheel-drive is also amphibious and is powered by an air-cooled V8 diesel claiming a modest 177hp. It must have a deep reserve of torque, however, as the 14.5 tonne monster is said to have a top speed of 94km/h on land. That's reduced to a still respectable 9km/h when it goes swimming.

Standard armament includes 7.62mm and 14.5mm machine guns, which we assume are no longer operable on this example.

The Tasmania-based owner says it's the only example in Australia - a claim we're not about to challenge. It's priced at $70,000.

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