This Is Not a Ferrari Testa Rossa

Instead, it’s a Czech racer of the same vintage: The 1958 Škoda 1100 OHC, a lightweight sports prototype raced in Eastern Europe.

So late ‘50s racing cars are beautiful, period, no matter where they come from, be it Modena or behind the Iron Curtain. What is different is engine size: this Škoda was


powered by a tiny 1-liter engine, producing a very respectable 92 hp at 7500 rpm. It’s got an aluminum cylinder head…and who would have thought velocity trumpets were legal in Communist countries? Apparently they were!

Ferraris from the era may be rare, but this Škoda is possibly even rarer: Only two examples were made of the open-top sports prototype. One made its way to the UK in 1968 after Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Warsaw Pact and is now owned by Škoda UK. The other car stayed home and is now in Škoda’s factory museum. A further two cars were manufactured with coupé bodywork.

The 1100 OHC’s were raced mostly in Czechoslovakia, with two trips abroad: One 1958 race in Budapest, where they finished third and fifth, and another in 1962 in Leningrad (modern St. Petersburg), where they claimed a 1–2.


Source: The Autosport Bulletin Board

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