ŠKODA 1100 OHC
In 1958, the Mladá Boleslav plant built two two-seater
race cars: ŠKODA 1100 OHC, and two years later
the team added two aluminium coupés on the same
chassis. The 1,089 cm3, 66 kW engine was mounted
in a tubular frame and the cars reached speeds of
190 km/h. However, these extremely successful cars
appeared almost exclusively at local events, except
for coming 3rd in Budapest (1958) and winning the
Leningrad Grand Prix (1962).
The chassis of the great
ŠKODA 1100 OHC (1958).
Designed by Jaroslav Kindl, the ŠKODA 1100 OHC
bodywork was stunning and would not look out
of place among the collections of the most
famous Italian designers.
Pictured here in 1961,the start of the race
at Čistá, with two open and two closed
ŠKODA 1100 OHC cars at the front.
Tour d’Europe 1963: 15,000 km, 15 days, from
Germany to Morocco through northern Africa
to Lebanon and back to Germany through Turkey.
Would that be possible today? The OCTAVIA
No. 26 with Josef Vidner / Bohuslav Staňek
won its class and finished 5th overall
(57 cars took part; 36 finished).
Václav Bobek sr. and Vojtěch Rieger in
a ŠKODA OCTAVIA TS at the Monte Carlo
Rally in 1962: the duo finished 97th out of
the 247 teams that completed the event.
The best ŠKODA duo was Esko Keinänen /
Esko Väinölä (FIN) in an OCTAVIA that came
21st overall. The event saw a total of 13
ŠKODAs driven by Czechoslovak, Austrian,
Greek, Norwegian and Finnish crews.
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