› Special-edition model of the POPULAR in 1936 was the first ŠKODA to bear the MONTE CARLO name
› ŠKODA celebrated major victories at the ‘Monte’ with the 130 RS and the FABIA
› Since 2011, ŠKODA’s MONTE CARLO models have embodied a sporty lifestyle
Mladá Boleslav, 15 February 2022 – The name Monte Carlo does not just refer to the famous rally, but also to sporty ŠKODA models. Since 2011, the MONTE CARLO variants have been a reminder of the Czech brand’s great sporting successes at the ‘Monte’. In 1936, the ŠKODA POPULAR took second place here and was subsequently the first model to be given the evocative MONTE CARLO name. This was followed by the legendary ŠKODA 130 RS’s 1-2 class finish in 1977, which the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 repeated 40 years later.
2021 saw ŠKODA celebrate 120 years of motorsport involvement. A motorcycle developed by the company’s founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement represented the first significant milestone when it competed in the Paris–Berlin long-distance race in 1901. Having made its inaugural appearance at the second-ever Monte Carlo Rally in 1912, the brand went on to record its first major success at the legendary event in 1936 when the ŠKODA POPULAR finished second in the category of cars with a capacity of up to 1,500 cc. In light of this success, ŠKODA then launched a special edition and produced 70 POPULAR MONTE CARLOs.