Today we are leaving Soviet Russia to meet the Skoda 100/110, which became the first model of the Czech brand to sell more than one million units.
What is it?
This is the successor of the cute 1000 MB/1100 MB sedan that was discontinued in 1969, and the predecessor of the Skoda 105/120, which we featured in our series back in April this year.
Where and when was it made?
Production of the 100/110 family started in 1969 at the Mlada Boleslav factory of Skoda, then named AZNP. After eight years on the market, a total of 1,079,708 were produced, with the majority of them being the standard 100 sedan.
This vehicle features a classic layout with rear engine and rear-wheel drive. Power was provided by two four-cylinder engines, 1.0-litre and 1.1-litre, both paired to a manual four-speed gearbox. Performance was not impressive, but the car was reliable, despite its cooling problems.
What’s so special about it?
First of all, it’s beautiful, isn’t it? In a time when all manufacturers started designing aggressive cars to attract customers, Skoda kept its cute design with two round headlights. Classic sedan proportions, four doors, tiny air intakes in the rear fenders, chrome decorative body details, and relatively short overhangs – all these still giving the 100/110 a fresh appearance after more than 40 years. Just check out the walkaround video below.
And there was a coupe version – one hell of a sexy thing! The 110 R has a distinctive fastback rear and four headlights (in most of its versions). It was powered by an upgraded engine with 62 horsepower, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 145 kilometres per hour (90 miles per hour). But before that, it needs… well, 18.5 seconds to hit the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark from a standstill. The machine served as a base for a rally car, the 130 RS, of which only 65 were made, including the 2000 MI Grenade one-off with turbocharged and fuel-injected 250-hp engine.