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Skoda’s Vintage Car Rally

The Silvretta Classic 2014

The Silvretta Classic is Skoda’s annual vintage car event and this year Skoda will be sending a strong trio of vintage cars along the enchanting roads of this years event which takes place in Montafron Austria. Michal Velebný, coordinator of the Skoda museum’s restoration workshop said “we will be sending some real highlights from our collection to Montafon, and they are sure to delight the both spectators and participants alike.”

One of at the trio and an absolute treat for all fans of historic vehicles is the Skoda 440 'Spartak' dating back to 1957. The striking rally car has been completely restored by Skoda over the last few years and is now being presented to the public for the first time at a classic car rally. The sporty Spartak has been faithfully reconstructed based on its legendary rally appearances in the mid-1950s. Under the bonnet there is a 40-hp four-cylinder engine with 1089 cm3 displacement. The vehicle can reach a top speed of 110 km/h.

The turquoise-green roadster Skoda Felicia dating back to 1961 is an inspiring representative of the 1960s. With its elegant shape and distinctive tail, the Felicia convertible is one of the most beautiful open vehicles of its time and is now extremely popular among collectors. The model taking part in the Silvretta is a vehicle from the historic corporate collection in Mladá Boleslav. The Felicia was manufactured between 1959 and 1964 and around 15,000 rolled off the production line. In addition to the softtop, a hardtop version was also available. The car features a four-cylinder engine with 50 hp and 1089 cm3 displacement, reaching speeds of up to 130 km/h.

The last of the trio will be the Skoda 1101 Roadster, better known as the ‘Tudor’ dating back to 1948. In its time, the vehicle was considered a real luxury and after 1948 was in the service of the Czech government. It was taken into the Skoda collection in 1969. The Tudor is an important Skoda representative of the automotive era after the Second World War. The four-cylinder engine delivers 32 hp and has a displacement of 1089 cm3.

The Silvretta Classic in the Austrian Montafon Alpine valley is one of the longest-established vintage car rallies in Europe and will be taking place for the 17th time this weekend. The 530km rally follows a route through the most beautiful streets in Voralberg, and the Silvretta Alps up to the 2032m peak of the Bielerhöhe Pass. Precision is the key element here for each of the participants, who are only too aware that during the special stage, everything could boil down to a hundredth of a second.