The first Octavia Combi was launched 60 years ago. Do you know the size of his bag? And she offered some bedding?
The AZNP was still working on a more practical version of the Octavia Tudor, production of which began in 1959, in the 1950s, and the first prototype was completed in two-tone lacquer in September 1959.
The definitive Combi was then presented to the public on September 11, 1960 at the International Engineering Fair in Brno, but until April 1961 operational tests were still in progress, and pairing took place in mid-May. From July production started.
Like the Tudor, the Octavia Combi used a performance body frame with independent full suspension. After all, the name of the model is associated with the concept: Octavia was the eighth in a series of models built in this way, so the basis of its name is the Latin number octo, i.e. eight, or octava. – eighth. And from the ancient era, the female name Octāvia was born, which was acquired by the car.
However, the interpretation of the ideology of the time spoke of the Mladá Boleslav VIII model since the nationalization of the automaker in October 1945. An alternative interpretation refers to the situation in the development chain initiated in 1934 by the model of the First People’s Republic.
Octavia Combi was a relatively compact car with a length of 4065 mm, a width of 1600 mm and a height of 1430 mm. It was equipped with a pair of doors, which was complemented by a double hatch, divided horizontally.
a place to sleep
The lower part at ground level is connected to the cargo area of the luggage compartment with a volume of up to 690 liters (measured up to the ceiling). After folding the rear seats not separated, a space is created with a length of 1495 mm and a width of 1355 mm, and up to 1050 liters of luggage can be unloaded on the roof during a two-person trip.
The interesting element was a separate space for a spare tire. Designers found a place for it under the trunk floor, and access was provided by a separate hinged cover above the bumper.
During the 1969 modernization, this element disappeared, replaced by horizontally placed rectangular combination lamps of the Skoda 100/110. Access to the reserve is then only possible after unloading part of the baggage, but the penetration of moisture into the “pocket” with the reserve has been reduced.
Practicality and interior versatility are associated with the possibility of sleeping, which all station wagons have offered at no extra cost since 1961. To create the bed, the front seats had to be fully moved forward and the backrests folded down. So I continued on the second row seats. The backrests that were removed served as a headrest. In 1968, the Octavia Combi had the option of folding the backrests of the rear seats not only forwards but also for the rear.
While only the standard Octavia was produced until 1964, the station wagon was built in Kvasini until 1971. A total of 50,244 units were produced, the latter remaining the property of the automaker.
Almost two-thirds of station wagon production went abroad, with the exception of countries neighboring Czechoslovakia, in particular the German Democratic Republic and Hungary, where hundreds of copies were sold in the British Isles or in Norway, and dozens found their way to Australia or Iceland.
The name Octavia Combi returned to the scene in 1998 with the first generation of the Czech automaker’s currently best-selling model range. But this is another story.