Tuesday, 10 April 2012

1964, Cars: Škoda 1000 MB

The Škoda 1000 MB was introduced in April 1964. The letters MB are the abbreviation for Mladá Boleslav, the city in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic where Škodas are still in production today. The 1000 MB was the first rear-engined Škoda and the beginning of what would eventually evolve into a long line of rear-engined Škodas. The 1000 MB was powered by a rear-mounted, water-cooled, 988cc, four-cylinder overhead valve engine, which produced 33 kW. The engine combined an aluminium block with a cast iron cylinder head.
Škoda 1000 MB
For a small/medium-sized car with a 1-litre engine, the 1000 MB gave acceptable performance. The top speed was 120 km/h, reaching 100 km/h from standstill in 27 seconds. Overall fuel economy was around 6.5 l/100 km.
Škoda 1000 MBX
The development of the 1000 MB goes back as far as 1955 when the Motokov officials visited the Paris Salon d'Automobile. They were especially impressed by the new Renault Dauphine with a rear-mounted engine. The placement of the engine in the back could significantly cut costs and Volkswagen, BMW, Fiat, NSU, Renault, Hillman and Chevrolet had success with this formula. In 1959 a prototype was ready and in 1960, 50 cars were built, as a "zero-series".

In August 1969 the 'MB series was replaced by the Škoda S100/110 series. A total of 443,903 'MBs were built.

Škoda 1000 MB Ad

Škoda 1000 MB Tribute

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