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160308 Cult Car SKODA 1000 MBX Celebrates 50 Years

160308 Cult Car SKODA 1000 MBX Celebrates 50 Years

ŠKODA Media Services:
http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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Cult Car ŠKODA 1000 MBX Celebrates 50 Years

› The elegant two-door ŠKODA 1000 MBX celebrates its debut half a century ago
› Construction of MBX version based on popular classic ŠKODA 1000 MB
› Brand produced total of 2517 ŠKODA 1000 MBX; more than half exported

Mladá Boleslav, 8 March 2016 – The ŠKODA 1000 MBX De Luxe turns 50. The
elegant two-door celebrated its debut at the International Motor Show in
Geneva in March 1966. The spacious five-seater with rear engine and rear
wheel drive was launched into series production in the October of the same
year. The model represented the pinnacle of the one-litre class in its day.

“The legendary two-door ŠKODA 1000 MBX with its liberally glazed body crowned the
success of the first Czech large production car – the four-door ŠKODA 1000 MB,” says
Andrea Frydlová, Head of the ŠKODA Museum. “This makes the vehicle an important
milestone in ŠKODA’s history. The production figures increased significantly throughout
the 1960s in Mladá Boleslav. Many progressive technologies in mass production caught
on, including high pressure die-casting for cylinder and crank cases, as well as gearbox
casing.”

The MBX was based on the mass-produced four-door ŠKODA 1000 MB, which boasted a
modern monocoque body and the engine was installed behind the driven rear axle.
ŠKODA built an entirely new plant in the immediate vicinity of the existing factory
buildings in Mladá Boleslav for the construction of the ŠKODA 1000 MB at the beginning
of the 1960s. The new production plant comprised modern facilities with more than 40
production halls and other buildings on the 80 hectare site.

The history of the two-door MBX dates back to 1960 when the two prototypes to the
ŠKODA 990 Tudor were being built. The special bodywork with clearly negative-sloping
rear pillars that flow into the panoramic rear window and two doors with frameless
windows was created at the Kvasiny plant. The body shell retained the generous space of
the original notchback with an enhanced side view. It was not only the driver and front
passenger that could wind down the door windows, but also the passengers in the back
could open the small windows in the rear. In addition, the triangular-shaped fold-out
doors improved the ventilation in the interior.

The ŠKODA 1000 MBX De Luxe was first presented to the public at the opening of the
Geneva Motor Show on 10 March 1966. The model delighted the visitors with the
originality of its shape. The two-door gave the impression of not having a central pillar
with its extensively glazed surfaces. In fact, the centre pillar ended in the middle of the
vehicle body under the window line, and its narrower upper portion could be rolled down
together with the rear side windows. At this moment, the occupants could enjoy brilliant
views and an exceptionally airy and spacious interior.

ŠKODA Media Services:
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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
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The ŠKODA 1000 MB and the two-door MBX set standards in innovative engine and drive
technology. In terms of engine manufacturing, ŠKODA was the first European producer
ever to incorporate the aluminium die-casting process in cylinder-block production. The
four-speed transmission case was also produced using this construction method. Thus,
ŠKODA built on a process originally devised in 1922 by Czech engineer Josef Polák, the
main advantage being significantly shorter production times.

The ŠKODA 1000 MBX was powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with a displacement
of 988 cm3 and an output of 38 kW (52 hp) at 5000/min. With an unladen weight of 815
kg and a load capacity of 375 kg, the automobile reached a top speed of 127 km/h. The
fuel consumption was 7.8-8.0 litres of petrol per 100 km. The car was fitted with two
Jikov carburettors as standard; an engine with a single carburettor was only installed in a
few dozen units. The time-consuming assembly of the ŠKODA 1000 MBX, demanding a
lot of manual labour, began in October 1966 in the standalone operation section of the
Mladá Boleslav plant, so as not to slow down the main production line. The last twelve
MBX models of the total 1403 of the one-litre version rolled off the production line in
early 1968.

In November 1967, the brand’s range was extended to include the dynamic 1100 MBX De
Luxe version. The engine output remained unchanged with a displacement of 1107 cm3,
the advantage being the better lugging capability – 81.4 n.m compared to the original
75.5 n.m. Further improvements included a more powerful oil pump and more efficient
cooling. 1114 of the stronger version had been produced by 1969, giving a total of 2517
MBX two-door units. Despite the relatively low production volume compared to the mass-
produced four-door 1000 MB (443,156 units), this version made a significant contribution
to the popularization of the ŠKODA brand in many discerning foreign markets. Today, the
model is among the most sought after and highly valued vintage cars with significant
appreciation in value. The legendary Coupé ŠKODA 110 R (1970-1980), followed by the
ŠKODA models Garde and Rapid, continued the success of the attractive two-door MBX
version.

For more information:
Vítězslav Kodym
Sponsorship & Classic Communications
P +420 326 8 11784
vítězslav.kodym@skoda-auto.cz

ŠKODA Media Services:
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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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Cult Car ŠKODA 1000 MBX Celebrates 50 Years
In addition to its attractive design, the MBX
bodywork wooed onlookers with its even better side
view. It was not just the windows in the doors that
could be wound down, but also the small ones next
to the back seat. The triangular-shaped fold-out
doors improved the interior ventilation

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Cult Car ŠKODA 1000 MBX Celebrates 50 Years
A total of 2517 ŠKODA MBXs were produced – with
988 cm3 or 1107 cm3 engines.

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Cult Car ŠKODA 1000 MBX Celebrates 50 Years
After winding down the side windows, the bodywork
appeared pillarless.

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Cult Car ŠKODA 1000 MBX Celebrates 50 Years
The two-door was based on the contemporary-style
notchback ŠKODA 1000 MB, which was produced
from 1964 in Mladá Boleslav.

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ŠKODA Media Services:
http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
cars.
› currently offers the following models in the range: Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
› in 2015 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful
automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and
develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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Published: 29.3.2016