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For the Škoda Octavia of 1996 to date, see Škoda Octavia.

The Škoda Octavia is a small family car which was produced by Czechoslovakian automaker AZNP at their plant in Mladá Boleslav from 1959 to 1971. It was introduced in January 1959 and was named Octavia as it was the eighth car produced by the nationalised Škoda company.[2]

Škoda Octavia
ManufacturerAZNP, Mladá Boleslav, O'Shea, Cork
AssemblyCzechoslovakia, Ireland
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car
Body style2-door saloon
3-door estate
LayoutFR layout
RelatedŠkoda Felicia (1959-1964)
Engine1.1 L, 1.2 L I4
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)[1]
Length4,065 mm (160.0 in)
Width1,600 mm (63.0 in)
Height1,430 mm (56.3 in)
PredecessorŠkoda 440/445
SuccessorŠkoda 1000/1100 MB

The saloon was produced until 1964, when it was replaced by the Škoda 1000 MB. An estate version was introduced in 1961, and remained in production until 1971.

The car was the successor to the Škoda 440/445 on which it was based. It featured redesigned front axles with a coil spring and telescopic shock absorbers rather than a leaf spring as in the 440.[2]

The 1,270 kg (2,800 lb) saloons were sold with 1089 cc engines producing 40 bhp (30 kW), later 50 bhp (37 kW), and 1221 cc engines with 45-55 bhp (34-41 kW). The slightly heavier estate wagons at 1,365 kg (3,009 lb) were all shipped with 1.2 litre engines. The top speed was 110 to 115 km/h (68 to 71 mph).

The Škoda Octavia engine and gearbox were used in the Trekka light utility vehicle, which was manufactured in New Zealand from 1966 to 1973.

The Octavia name was resurrected in 1996 for a new model.

Škoda Octavia Combi

Appearances in Pop CultureEdit

The Škoda Octavia appears in the Finnish video game My Summer Car in the estate form.


  1. ^ Cardew, Basil (1966). Daily Express Review of the 1966 Motor Show. London: Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd.
  2. ^ a b The first Octavia was produced fifty years ago 2 February 2009 Škoda Auto press release retrieved 24 April 2009

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