The Škoda Rapid was introduced in 1935 by the Czechoslovakian automotive manufacturer Škoda, and was in production until World War II with some production during and after the war until 1947. It had a larger sister model, the Škoda Rapid Six.
The Rapid name has been used again in 1984 to 1990 with the rear-engined Coupe, and in 2011 with the Indian market four-door saloon and the 2012 international five-door hatchback.
Škoda introduced a new line of cars in 1930s which significantly differed from its previous products. A new design of chassis with backbone tube and all-around independent suspension was developed under the leadership of chief engineer Vladimír Matouš and derived from the one first introduced by Hans Ledwinka in Tatra. First used on model Škoda 420 Standard in 1933, it aimed at solving insufficient torsional stiffness of the ladder frame.
The new design of chassis became the basis … Read More