The 1935 Škoda that can outshine Bugatti
It's called 935 Dynamic and it's a thing of beauty
After a few years of doom and gloom, Škoda is on the rise again with a full range of perfectly usable modern vehicles. Some people probably don't even have an opinion on Škoda but throughout its 125-year history, the Czech brand - currently part of VW Group - has introduced a variety of interesting and innovative cars and, sometimes, they even built some utterly gorgeous models, such as the 935 Dynamic you see here.
This streamlined prototype was unveiled at 1935 Prague Motor Show and it was essentially a four-door coupe with a very low drag coefficient of just cw=0.37. It was powered by a water-cooled 2-litre four-cylinder boxer engine, positioned in front of the rear axle, which technically made this a rear-engined car, capable of 54 hp and a top speed of 81 mph. The gearbox was also very clever, developed by a French company called Cotal, because it was an electromagnetic four-speed transmission with semi-automatic gear changes. Not bad for a pre-WWII car.
The 935 gave the company an idea to create a derivative 2-seater sportscar to enter the 1937 Monte Carlo Rally but unfortunately that project never went beyond the blueprints. Škoda only built one 935 Dynamic, which was sold to a private buyer in 1939 who then sold it back to the company in 1960 because Škoda wanted to add this to their collection of historic vehicles.
It's such a shame this car never made it to production. The good news is you can still see the car in the metal, if you want, but in order to do that you're gonna have to travel to the Škoda Museum in Mladá Boleslav, about 30 miles northeast of Prague.