Škoda once tried its hands on an exotic sports car. It ended up being a horror – literally.
The Škoda Sport project commenced in 1969, with the internal type designation Š724 assigned to it. At first, the car was listed as Škoda 110 Sport Coupe, but its name was later changed to 110 Super Sport.
The two-seater was built on a steel floor platform, which was supported by sub-frame, carrying the powetrain and the rear wheel suspension. Also included in the unibody structure a massive safety bar behind the back of the seats.
Instead of classic steel or aluminium sheets, the designers worked with laminated body panels with metal coatings and reinforced in exposed locations. The car also featured a forward hinged canopy extending from the front bonnet to the sides to the aforementioned safety bar.
The head and rear lights were quite shocking, similar in concept to the Aston Martin Bulldog which came much later. At the front there were six headlights, including fog lights and reflectors.
Unfortunately engineers were limited in their choice of engine: the car was equipped with a 1107 cm cubic OHV liquid-cooled four-cylinder OHV engine lifted from the Škoda 110 Rallye car which, in the A2 Class specification, produced a maximum of 73 hp at 6250 rpm and a maximum of 81 Nm at 5250 rpm with a Weber dual carburettor. The four-speed manual transmission was taken with minor changes from Škoda 110 L.
There was never a serious chance for serial production. After initial tests and a couple of show visits in 1971, the car was displayed at the Mladá Boleslav Autosalon, which acted like a factory museum.
The car received much more fame ten years after its creation, when in 1981 it became one of the main stars of the horror movie Vampire from Ferat (Upír z Feratu), although it was no longer called Super Sport. Theodor Pištěk, its designer who was also a former racing driver, the car was given a new front end with fixed headlights, rear combined headlights from the upgraded Škoda 742 series, BBS wheels, a large spoiler, and special black paint highlighted with red lines. For the movie the Super Sport has been renamed to Ferat Vampire RSR. Today the car is part of the factory collection.