"Perth was 300,000 people; it was a wonderful time," Mr Woss said.
"You could park on St Georges Terrace and anywhere, no problem.
"Traffic jams just did not happen, it was a lovely small city, and I loved it because I came from Vienna, which was a big city."
Just days away from his 100th birthday, Rudy Woss is one of WA's oldest drivers.
And while many his age don't even get behind the wheel, Mr Woss drives in style, in a 2000 V8 Jaguar.
"I bought it for my 90th birthday," Mr Woss said.
"A lot of people were surprised that at my age I still bought that car but look, it is one of my luxuries."
Almost 10 years on, Mr Woss is still going strong in more ways than one and says he's perfectly able behind the wheel.
"I'm a good driver, I am a careful driver but I don't drive slowly," he said. "I go out at least three times a week but I try not to drive into the city because of the traffic and I rarely drive at night."
Every WA driver over 75 is required to pass a medical test and those older than 85 must pass both a medical and a practical driving test.
Mr Woss says he was last tested in December and breezed through.
"I passed in five minutes," he said.
The former master watchmaker came to Perth because of Hitler. As a Jewish Austrian his life in Vienna became untenable after he was twice arrested by the Gestapo before deciding to flee the country.
"I got a permit to come here because I knew they needed watchmakers," he said.
Mr Woss contributed to the war effort by serving with engineers in the 12 Australian Advanced Workshop from 1942 to 1945. He outlived two wives and a partner and said he never imagined he would make it to 100.
The champion bridge player will celebrate his birthday at a party with family and friends on Saturday.