Škoda is celebrating 125 years of automotive history this year and we look back at the amazing and only Škoda 935 Dynamic prototype ever built.
Sold to a private owner and subsequently re-purchased by the brand in 1968, the car was one of the first to be installed into the company’s museum and is testament to the marques innovative thinking back in the early 30s.
Škoda 935 Dynamic
The magnificent Škoda 935 Dynamic prototype is the only one ever produced and was intended for further research and development after premiering at the 1935 Prague Motor Show. Its ‘Tatra’ like teardrop styling was an automotive sensation and to this day remains a seductive classic.
Following the re-purchase of the 935, restoration work was finally undertaken in 2012 and the 6 years painstaking job saw the whole car dismantled and given a complete ‘nut and bolt’ rebuild. The engine was overhauled and remains the stock 2.0-litre flat-four unit that delivers a sniff under 55hp.
The car has remained almost completely authentic, with only the paint and dashboard differing from the 1935 original. A small section of original paint on the inner side of one pillar helped to match the proper shade of grey, while the dashboard and other parts of the car were restored using period photos.
The water-cooled power plant resides in front of the rear axle assemble and therefore technically speaking, makes the 935 a ‘mid-engined’ with easy access achieved by removing the rear seating back restraint.
Futuristic thinking didn’t stop there with independent suspension on all four corners using swing axles, which were something only found on the luxurious Tatra, rewarding its passengers with outstanding style and comfort.
Remarkably the aerodynamics were so good, the two-litre, flat-four engine with an output of just 55 hp (40.5 kW) was able to travel at speeds of around 85mph on the less busy highways – impressive for a heavy machine weighing in at 1170 kg.
Streamlined and alluring like no other of its day, the wonderful 935 Dynamic is showcased at the Škoda Museum and still commands attention from even the most critical of enthusiasts and their trusty magnifying glass.
Kerb weight: 1170 kg
Top Speed: 85mph
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