Lesser-known models from SKODA AUTO’s 125-year history: SKODA Type 990 ‘Hajaja’
But ŠKODA’s most popular estate model was the OCTAVIA COMBI.
In spring 1959, preparations began in Mladá Boleslav for the ŠKODA 1000 MB model, one of the greatest technological innovations in the history of the company, which at the time was almost 65 years old. At the same time, the Mladá Boleslav plant built new, state-of-the-art production facilities of the highest international standard. In April 1964, the first notchback model of the 1000 MB rolled off the production line there. With the help of the plants in Kvasiny and Vrchlabí, ŠKODA’s total production almost quadrupled in just ten years between 1963 and 1973 – from 42,550 to 162,208 units per year.
Project 990 NOV (nový osobní vůz – new passenger car) led the way to the production model ŠKODA 1000 MB. Besides several variants of the closed four-door notchback bodywork, work was also carried out on alternative four-door versions without an upper B-pillar, similar to the later production vehicle ŠKODA 1000/1100 MBX. An open ŠKODA Type 990/991 Roadster with 2+2 seats and rear engine was also created as a prototype. This engine mounting position was given the nickname ‘Hajaja’, which was the name of a radio series of bedtime stories at that time. To the right of the engine was a water cooler because unlike similar models designed by foreign competitors, ŠKODA did not rely on air cooling.
The position of the engine behind the driven rear axle made space for a second luggage compartment in the front of the vehicle, which at the same time served as a crumple zone.
Apr 21, 2020 at 18:07