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Little Classics News: 26 March 2014

ŠKODA Celebrates Milestones at Techno Classica

L&K SKODA Voiturette A Vintage carŠKODA will be presenting twelve milestones of the company’s 119-year history at this year’s Techno Classica in Essen. The collection of the classics range from the motorcycles and the first automobile of the ŠKODA founders, Laurin and Klement, the ŠKODA legends of the 1930s, 40s and 50s through to the ŠKODA Forman dating back to 1993. The one thing all the vehicles have in common is the outstanding importance they had for the brand and models in each period.

“ŠKODA is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world,” explains Michal Velebný, Restoration Workshop Manager at the ŠKODA Museum. “In the history of the company, spanning almost 119 years, there have been a number of vehicles that set the course for the company and the brand. We will be presenting twelve of these milestones at the Techno Classica, including a replica of the first L&K automobile.” The ŠKODA stand is located in Messe Essen’s Hall 7. The presentation will be in association with ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland.

The two ŠKODA founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement (L&K) laid the foundation stone of the ŠKODA brand’s success at the end of the 19th century with the production of bicycles, and motorbikes from 1899. By presenting three motorized bicycles from the L&K early years, ŠKODA will be taking Techno Classica visitors on a journey back in time to the roots of the brand. An L&K Motocykleta TB dating back to 1902, an L&K Motocykleta L 80 from 1903, as well as an L&K Motocykleta CCR from 1905 will be on show in Essen.

In December 1905, L&K presented the new company’s first car: the so-called Voiturette A (top). At the Techno Classica, ŠKODA will be presenting a faithfully constructed, roadworthy vehicle as would have been seen in 1906. The Voiturette A was a huge hit in its time, not least because of the water-cooled engine and the low price of only 3,600 crowns. Under the bonnet you will find a 7-hp two-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1,100cm3.

Other classic cars on display will include the L&K Typ S dating back to 1911, L&K ŠKODA Type 110, ŠKODA 420 Popular Roadster from 1935, ŠKODA 1200, ŠKODA 440 and ŠKODA 1000 MB (below).

Classic ŠKODA 1000 MB The ŠKODA 1000 MB will be celebrating its half century at the Techno Classica. This model first introduced in spring 1964. The 1000 MB strengthened ŠKODA’s position in the European automotive industry, and shaped the manufacturer's model strategy for many years. A total of around 443,156 ŠKODA 1000 MBs were produced between April 1964 and August 1969, more than half of which were exported.

An important representative of the later ŠKODA vehicles with a rear engine was the ŠKODA Rapid of the 1980s – a two-door coupé based on the 105/120 series. ŠKODA will be presenting a Rapid type 135 in Essen. The Rapid was powered by a 1.3 litre petrol engine with 43 hp. The vehicle featured a five-speed gearbox. A characteristic of the type 135 was the newly developed aluminium engine, which was later used in the ŠKODA Favorit.

The dozen ŠKODA milestones to be presented in Essen is completed by the ŠKODA Forman dating back to 1993. It will be about the estate version of the model ŠKODA Favorit, which was first presented in 1987 at the Engineering Fair in Brno. The Favorit first marked the development of a modern compact car concept with front-mounted engine, front drive, versatile interior and a large hatch. A total of around 1,000,000 of these vehicles ran off the production lines, as saloons, estates and pickups.


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