Who does not remember the legendary Škoda type 742 series, which arrived as a replacement for the Škoda 100/110, which were declining in sales in the West. And since these markets in particular were very important and profitable for Škoda, it tried to modernize the successor series as much as possible, but so that this operation did not cost a lot of money.
If we leave out the fact that Škoda did not have the funds to develop a new concept, our engineers still coped with the challenge in their own way. Motivated by the fact that the original “hundreds” would not pass the new safety requirements, skilled Czech hands moved the fuel tank to the back, which increased safety and the volume of the front trunk.
Another attempt at innovation was the radiator with the fan moved to the front, which made the engine lighter, but harmed the cooling. Even with a system of 13 liters of coolant, it was not possible to effectively cool the engine. This was already evident during the trial tests, but there was no turning back.
Otherwise, the production of the 742 types began in 1976, at the end of the 1980s the models underwent a significant modernization and in 1990 production was terminated. As part of the 742 series, there were also coupe versions named Garde and Rapid.
By the way, do you have any idea what the 105/120/130 markings meant? The numbers corresponded to engine volumes from 1.0 to 1.3 liters. The letters, in turn, indicated the level of equipment, with S (Standard) paying for the starting base.
Attested by a forensic expert
The auctioned Škoda 105 S was produced in 1985 and with less than 840 kilometers on the odometer, it is considered a brand new model with almost no wear, in addition to partial (home-made) anti-corrosion protection of selected screws and nuts. The bodywork is also original with only two scuffs and a changed rear bumper, as a hole was drilled into the original one to crank the engine.
Before the auction, the car received a recovery service and brake overhaul, so it is fully ready to go into service. The new owner will only have to solve the slightly increased smoke at higher revs when the engine is warmed up and registration for veteran numbers, as there are no tags or other documents for the car. However, the warranty card and service book were preserved.
The extremely low mileage and original condition is documented by a forensic expert’s report and is also part of the sale. In such a case, the vehicle can therefore be described as a unique collector’s item.
The car will be auctioned on November 11, 2023 on the occasion of the Retro Garage auto-moto exchange, and its starting price will be set at CZK 250,000. However, it is possible that the final amount will reach or even exceed the amount of CZK 500,000. We’ll see that in November.