Now the flagship brand of the Volkswagen Group army, Skoda was once one of the most technologically advanced automakers on the Soviet Bloc. Its motorsport division participates in and wins many continental and international races, and to celebrate its 120th anniversary, the Czech manufacturer has decided to restore one of its rarest sports cars. If this is your first time hearing about the 1100 OHC Coupe, don’t worry – it’s a pretty rare machine.
In fact, Skoda produced only two examples of sports coupes intended for use in racing, although their career only lasted about two years between 1960 and 1962. About four years later, both cars were sold to private customers when the coupes ceased to exist. allowed to compete in the race due to the end of the category under 1,100 cm3. Both vehicles were destroyed in the crash, and Skoda took several components for restoration from the first examples produced.
The reconstruction of the 1100 OHC Coupe was a long and arduous process that began in 2015 with the renovation of the entire chassis, along with the newly reconstructed radiator, fuel tank and other elements. The team working on the project included specialists from the Skoda Museum and they were able to obtain the original technical documentation of the sports car. Interestingly, some of the original mechanical components had minimal wear and were used in restored cars.
Skoda reports the most challenging part of the restoration process is the aluminum body. The mechanics called their colleagues from the Skoda Prototype Center, who created a three-dimensional box based on the available 2D drawings of the car. The team then built a scale model of the 1100 OHC Coupe and after the project got final approval, engineers started working on the partition walls, wheel arches and other body elements.
Interestingly, to complete the restoration, Skoda had to look for some smaller parts that were identical to the parts used on production vehicles at the time. This is probably the easiest part of the whole restoration process.