Its no doubt that Tatra is the most famous among all the Czechoslovakian automakers but personally I think, what matters more throughout this talk was Skoda’s achievement which tells a breakthrough coupe in history. It was Skoda who gained the cult-car status and this year, its 1000 MBX coupe momentously celebrated its 50th anniversary at the recent Geneva Motor Show.
The 1000 MBX Deluxe was first known to public in March 1966 at the Geneva show. The car makes room for 5 people and it is powered with 1.0-Liter engine braced behind the passengers.
The iconic two-door 1000 MBX with its sheen body brought triumph to Skoda, this being its first ever Czech huge production car. This was reported by Andrea Frydlová, head of the Skoda Museum, in a news release.
This vehicle marked a significant milestone throughout Škoda’s history. There was relative increase in their production figures throughout the ’60s in Mladá Boleslav. More progressive techniques in mass production were also brought up, including high-pressure die-casting for cylinder and crank cases, and also gearbox casing.
The MBX was influenced by the mass-produced four-door 1000 MB, which showcase a modern monococque body with its engine located behind the rear axle.
MBX traces its history way back 1960 ever since two prototypes to the ŠKODA 990 were manufactured. Special bodywork with negative-sloping rear pillars gushing into the panoramic rear window and two doors with frameless windows was fabricated. The body shell remained spacious in its original notchback, only with an embellished side view. Not only the driver and front passengers were the ones able to wind down the door windows, but even back passengers can open the small rear windows.
The production version, launched at the 1966 Geneva show, dazzled having B pillars. As a matter of fact, the pillar comprised a reduced upper portion, and could be rolled down with the rear side windows. This in turn lets passengers inside to experience a panoramic view and refreshing ventilation.
Skoda claims to be the first European automaker to integrate aluminum die-casting into cylinder-block production. This construction technology was also utilized in the manufacturing of four-speed transmission case.
“Thus, Škoda built on a process originally devised in 1922 by Czech engineer Josef Polák, the main advantage being significantly shorter production times,” the automaker stated in a news release.
The Skoda 1000 MBX comprised a four-cylinder, 1.0-liter engine that generated 52 horse powers and could let the coupe reach speeds of 80 mph.
A 1100cc version of the mentioned engine was launched in Novermber 1967. The engine then improved to 1114cc in 1969. And, with the launch of Coupe Skoda 110 R in 1970, it has become the most sought-after car among European car collectors.
Recognizing all these facts, the ‘1000’ from its 1000 MB name actually came from the displacement of the engine. The 1.0-liter (988 cc) was exceptional since it made use of the die-cast aluminum production method. The engine along with the four-speed manual transmission was fashioned such way to save weight and time. On the other hand, the ‘MB,’ originated from Mladá Bolesav where this car was first built.
Skoda was first known as Laurin & Klement way back 1895 before it was acquired by Skoda Works in 1925. Skoda was among the five oldest automakers with progressive histories. The other four were Daimler, Opel, Peugeut and Tatra. Skoda eventually became one in the Volkswagen Group in 2000.