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150414 ŠKODA to celebrate its 120th birthday by showcasing 15 unique vintage cars at Techno Classica in Essen

150414 ŠKODA to celebrate its 120th birthday by showcasing 15 unique vintage cars at Techno Classica in Essen

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

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ŠKODA to celebrate its 120th birthday by showcasing
15 unique vintage cars at Techno Classica in Essen

› ŠKODA is celebrating a major anniversary by presenting some of its vintage
› Fascination: from the first bicycle to the sports-tuned ŠKODA 130 RS
› Tradition: ŠKODA is one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers

Mladá Boleslav, 14 April, 2015 – ŠKODA is celebrating its 120th birthday this
year, a good reason for staging an impressive presentation at this year’s Techno
Classica in Essen. The brand will present 15 fascinating gems at this popular
vintage car event: from its first bicycle and selected motorcycles branded after
the names of the company founders, Laurin & Klement, to legendary ŠKODA-
branded luxury limos and elegant convertibles and the sports-tuned 130 RS of

“ŠKODA is one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers,” says Andrea Frydlová, Head of
the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav, and goes on to say: “We are going to present a
total of 15 milestone-setting products at the Techno Classica.” The ŠKODA stand is
situated in Hall No. 7 of the Essen Exhibition Centre, and the Czech-based brand will
present its products together with ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland, its German importer. The
Techno Classica is scheduled for 15 – 19 April, 2015.

ŠKODA’s beginnings date back to December 1895 when mobility pioneers Václav Laurin &
Václav Klement started producing “Slavia” bicycles in Mladá Boleslav. By showcasing the
Slavia bicycle to have been produced by L&K, ŠKODA will take the Techno Classica
visitors back to its roots.

Four years later, in 1899, L&K started manufacturing motorcycles. The event in Essen will
see three of the brand’s first products: the L&K Typ B (1900), L&K Typ L 80 (1903)
and L&K Typ CCR (1905). L&K motorcycles boasted progressive technologies in their
time. For example, the L&K CCR with a two-litre, 4,5 HP V-engine had a maximum speed
of 85 km/h.

L&K’s car production started in 1905. The first four-wheel L&K vehicle was the legendary
Voiturette Typ A. The next milestone-setting L&K model was the L&K Typ S of 1911, one
of the vehicles to be presented in Essen. Fitted with a water-cooled two-cylinder 7 HP
engine (1,100 cm3), this vehicle will also appear in the Concours d’Elégance as part of
this year’s Schloss Bensberg Classics. The Laurin & Klement Typ So/200 of 1921
boasts impressive shapes and an attractive turquoise body.

In 1925 L&K merged with ŠKODA, a Pilsen-based machinery group. To mark the 90th
anniversary of this merger, ŠKODA will showcase an L&K ŠKODA Typ 110 Phaeton of

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

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1928 at the Techno Classica. This model was the pinnacle of the Mladá Boleslav-based
automotive production in its time, and is part of the first line (L&K ŠKODA Typ 110) in
the brand’s history to have achieved four-digit sales. By the way, this model bore the
logos of both brands, L&K and ŠKODA.

Between the World Wars ŠKODA built a reputation as a manufacturer of prestigious
upper-class limousines. Late 1934 saw the launch of the first ŠKODA Superb: the ŠKODA
640 Superb was a 5.5-metre-long limousine fitted with a six-cylinder 55 HP engine
(2,492 cm3), and its name was inspired by the Latin word “superbus” (lovely, excellent,
magnificent, etc.). Since then the Superb has been a synonym for top-quality cars made
in Mladá Boleslav. The two-colour vehicle to be presented in Essen (Year 1 of the Superb
production) is one of the few cars of its type that have been preserved to date. The
brand produced a total of 201 ŠKODA 640 Superbs.

Also dating back to the 1930s, the ŠKODA Popular Sport Coupé “Malá dohoda” is a
sports-car rarity – the company only produced three vehicles of this type in 1937. Its
name, “Malá dohoda”, refers to the special occasion on which this car was used. In 1937
the vehicle won a rally that went through Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania, the
countries that were parties to the pact known as the Little Entente (“Malá dohoda” in

May 1946, shortly after the end of World War II, saw the launch of the ŠKODA Popular’s
successor, the ŠKODA 1101 Tudor, and the Techno Classica visitors can look forward to
seeing a ŠKODA 1102 Tudor convertible of 1950 that draws massive attention at
vintage-car events throughout Europe. Another car guaranteed to fascinate the event
visitors is a ŠKODA Felicia of 1960. This legendary sports-tuned, elegant two-seater
convertible was produced between 1959 and 1964 (about 15,000 vehicles in total), and
vintage car fans have never stopped loving it.

ŠKODA is proud of its 120-year history of automotive excellence, as well as 114 years of
its motorsport efforts, and the Techno Classica in Essen will see a unique car that
appeared on the motorsport scene 40 years ago: the ŠKODA 130 RS. The brand will
mark the 40th birthday of this model by showcasing four 130 RSs in total: two rally cars
and two circuit-racing vehicles.

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

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For more information, please contact:
Vítězslav Kodym, Sponsorship & Classic Communications
P +420 326 8 11784

Topic-related photos:

ŠKODA at the Techno Classica 2015
The Laurin & Klement Typ So/200 (1921) is one of
the oldest vehicles to be presented at the Techno

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ŠKODA at the Techno Classica 2015
The legendary ŠKODA 130 RS made its rallying
debut 40 years ago.

Download Source: ŠKODA AUTO

› is one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers. Based in Mladá Boleslav, the company started as a bicycle
manufacturer in 1895; motorcycles and cars followed soon;
› currently sells seven passenger-vehicle lines: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and
› 2014 was the first calendar year in history to see the brand deliver over 1 million cars to its customers;
› has been part of Volkswagen, one of the world’s most successful automotive groups, since 1991. In
addition to vehicles, ŠKODA AUTO manufactures components (such as engines and gearboxes) used also
by other VW Group brands;
› operates three production plants in the Czech Republic and further plants in China, Russia, Slovakia and
India (most of them based on VW Group partnerships), as well as in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan
(cooperation with local partners);
› employs about 25,900 people worldwide and is present in over 100 markets.

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Published: 13. 5. 2016