› The ŠKODA RAPID SIX and ŠKODA POPULAR MONTE CARLO were the first coupés in the 1930s
› The ŠKODA 110 R and the successful ŠKODA 130 RS rally variant set milestones
› The ŠKODA GARDE and ŠKODA RAPID continued the tradition from 1981 to 1990
Mladá Boleslav, 7 March 2022 – Sporty coupé models have a long tradition at ŠKODA. The first representatives were the ŠKODA RAPID SIX and the ŠKODA POPULAR MONTE CARLO in the 1930s. A milestone in the history of the Czech car manufacturer was the ŠKODA 110 R from the 1970s. The rally car based on the 1970s model, the ŠKODA 130 RS, then became a motorsport legend as the ‘Porsche of the East’. The ŠKODA GARDE and ŠKODA RAPID followed between 1981 and 1990. Now the coupé tradition is being revived in Mladá Boleslav with the ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV.
The history of the ŠKODA coupés began back in 1934 with a few ŠKODA RAPID SIX vehicles. The rear-wheel-drive rally car had a six-cylinder engine with an output of 37 kW (50 PS) and reached a top speed of 130 km/h. To mark the ŠKODA POPULAR’s second place in the category of cars with a capacity of up to 1,500 cc at the Monte Carlo Rally, ŠKODA launched the special-edition ŠKODA POPULAR MONTE CARLO producing 22 kW (30 PS) limited to 70 roadsters and coupés in 1936.