‘Auto Pop’: The coolest and weirdest ŠKODA models come to the Autostadt

Skoda Auto Deutschland GmbH

Weiterstadt

› Exhibition and brand-open meeting in the Wolfsburg Autostadt brings together the coolest vehicles from the 70s, 80s and 90s

› ŠKODA BUGGY Type 736 from 1976 embodied unlimited freedom – with the technology of the ŠKODA 110 under the skimpy bodywork

› Exciting coupé study ŠKODA 110 SUPER SPORT became a film star in the horror film ‘The Car Vampire’ in 1981 as the ŠKODA FERAT

› With the FELICIA FUN in 1993, ŠKODA transformed the clever pickup model into a cheeky leisure vehicle with a ‘party trick’

› Lukáš Nachtmann, historian and specialist coordinator in the archive of the ŠKODA Museum, provides exciting insights into the ŠKODA models of the pop era as a competent brand expert

Individuality, joie de vivre and a dash of craziness: these are the characteristics of the vehicles that will be gathering at the ‘Auto Pop’ exhibition on the grounds of the Autostadt Wolfsburg next weekend, September 24th and 25th. ŠKODA is appearing with three models that perfectly embody the motto. In the mid-1970s, ŠKODA built the BUGGY prototype. The Type 736 looks fresh out of California. However, the large-series technology of the ŠKODA 110 is hidden under its skimpy appearance. With the ŠKODA FERAT, a real movie star is arriving at the Autostadt: the title hero from the 1981 film ‘The Car Vampire’ was an exciting, wedge-shaped coupé study before his cinema career. With the FELICIA FUN, ŠKODA finally managed the feat of transforming a clever pickup model into a cheeky production vehicle in 1993. Lukáš Nachtmann describes the exciting background to these and other trendy ŠKODA classics. ‘Auto Pop’ was able to win over the historian from the ŠKODA Museum for the talk rounds at the weekend in the Autostadt.

At the ‘Auto Pop’ exhibition on September 24th and 25th, 2022, as well as the classic car meeting open to all brands taking place at the same time in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt, everything revolves around the coolest vehicles from the 70s, 80s and 90s. For ŠKODA, these three decades mean a rapid development from an Eastern European niche supplier to a renowned global brand. Even under the difficult conditions behind the ‘Iron Curtain’, the ŠKODA engineers kept creating sensational prototypes, the design of which was as inspiring as it was then and some of which, like the FELICIA FUN, even found their way into series production.

Fun vehicle with racing history: ŠKODA BUGGY Type 736 (1976)

Perhaps the most astounding of these creations is the Type 736 – an American-style open-top beach buggy whose doorless body appears to consist only of fenders and a roll bar. The inspiration for this rather atypical prototype originally came from autocross, where ŠKODA made a big splash in the early 1970s with minimalist, lightweight vehicles based on the 110/110 L notchback model. Simultaneously with the growing enthusiasm for autocross, the trend of the puristic dune or beach buggies spilled over from the beaches of California and Florida to Europe. The fun recreational vehicles were often offered as a kit. In Western Europe, several manufacturers resorted to the modern and at the same time very competitively priced technology from ŠKODA, especially in the so-called one-liter class. In 1976, ŠKODA launched a buggy itself. The 736 project was intended to show whether such a vehicle had export potential. The 110 L served as the basis. The designers had shortened the wheelbase to 2,000 millimeters, two longitudinal struts, a tubular frame around the windscreen and a higher roll bar over the heads of the driver and front passenger provided reinforcement for the floor platform. Despite convincing tests, series production did not take place.

First a coupé study, then a movie star: ŠKODA FERAT Vampire RSR (1972/1981)

The career of the ŠKODA FERAT Vampire RSR, which appears in Wolfsburg in the ‘Film and TV’ department, was completely different. In 1972, the ŠKODA designers had put the sensational 110 SUPER SPORT on wheels, an angular coupé with an exciting wedge shape and the technology of the ŠKODA 110 R. Years later, the second life of this prototype began: the filmmaker Juraj Hertz discovered it in 1981 for the filming of the gloomy Narrative ‘Vampire Ltd.’, the story of a car with a very special biofuel: The ‘car vampire’, as the film is titled, sucked blood from the gas foot of its driver – that’s where the term naturally aspirated engine takes on a whole new meaning…

For the role of the ŠKODA FERAT Vampire RSR, the front end was made more angular and a powerful rear wing was added. In the film, the undead racer sports a midnight black paint job with blood red accents. The highlight of the bold creation was the unique door concept: for boarding, the entire front end could be opened like the cockpit of a fighter jet. The bonnet opened backwards and revealed a 1.1-liter four-cylinder with 54 kW of power.

Joie de vivre with and without a back seat: ŠKODA FELICIA FUN (1995)

The third exhibit from the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav, on the other hand, is full of joie de vivre and lifestyle: the ŠKODA FELICIA FUN from 1995 – appropriately placed on the ‘Leisure & Fun’ theme island in the Autostadt – rounds off the tour through three special decades. The striking yellow paintwork of this pickup and the suffix to the name made it clear at first glance what ŠKODA placed particular value on with this vehicle: Above all, it should be fun as a leisure companion. A practical feature awaited the owners in the interior: the two-seater became a four-seater in just a few simple steps. The mechanism, internally called the ‘party trick’, was part of the standard equipment of the FELICIA FUN. When the jump seats were folded out, the depth of the spruce wood loading area changed from 1,370 to 850 millimeters, but this did not diminish the practical use of the trendy platform truck with its sporty rear spoiler. From October 1995 to August 2000, 4,016 ŠKODA FELICIA FUN rolled off the assembly line. Today, the models are sought-after collector’s items, because among the more than 1.4 million FELICIAs manufactured in total, they are not only among the most eye-catching and colorful, but also among the rarest specimens.

Funny classic talks with ŠKODA brand expert Lukáš Nachtmann from the ŠKODA Museum

At public rounds of talks in the Autostadt, Lukáš Nachtmann, historian and technical coordinator in the archive of the ŠKODA Museum Mladá Boleslav, will provide a wide range of insights into these exciting decades as a competent brand expert: On Saturday from 1.30 p.m. he will speak with other prominent experts on the ‘Leisure and Fun’ theme island about the cars of the pop era, on Sunday – also from 1.30 p.m. – he will be part of the talk on the theme island ‘From everyday to extraordinary’.

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