The SKODA SUPERB, the flagship of the Czech automaker, celebrates its 20th anniversary: on September 11, 2001, the 4.80-meter-long sedan, with a spacious interior, powerful and efficient engines as well as numerous safety equipment and comfort, debuted at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.
ŠKODA offers the third generation of the current model in Sedan and Combi versions, available in particular with four-wheel drive or even with a plug-in hybrid engine on the SUPERB iV.
ŠKODA has a tradition of producing models in large sizes. As early as 1907, twelve years after Laurin & Klement was founded in Mladá Boleslav, the young company launched the Type FF, which was a true luxury car. The eight-cylinder in-line engine was designed by the Czech manufacturer, as were the following models, whose engines were as powerful as they were smooth. They were also equipped with the innovative Knight slide control system. Between 1925 and 1936, the ŠKODA Hispanic-Swiss limousine was used by the former President of the Czechoslovak Republic, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, as well as by many other personalities of the time. In the early 1930s, ŠKODA AUTO offered a wide range of models with six-cylinder (ŠKODA 633, 645 and 650) or eight-cylinder (ŠKODA 860) engines.
However, it will be the new model with the SUPERB designation that will become the flagship of the Czech manufacturer. Indeed, this denomination appeared for the first time on internal documents of the firm on October 22, 1934. Serial production began in the spring of 1935 and, by 1949, nearly 900 units of the ŠKODA SUPERB had rolled off the production lines. production, in five different versions: in addition to the 640 SUPERB (1934-1936) and SUPERB Type 902 (1936) six-cylinder models, the SUPERB Type 913 (1936-1939), the SUPERB 3000 OHV Type 924 (1938-1949) and the SUPERB 4000 Type 919 (1938-1940) with V8 engine were also produced. Most of these models had custom bodies, designed according to the wishes of each customer.
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