Christine? Ha! The Car? lol. Death Proof? Puh-leaze. True automotive horror comes from the Czech movie, Upír z Feratu and its little-known hero car, the Škoda 110 Super Sport "Ferat."
One of the oldest auto makers in the world, Škoda gets very little play here in North America. Some Felicia models were sold in the U.S. from 1959, with little success—priced too dearly, too small, too slow.
After the Second World War, the company was firmly surrounded by the Eastern Bloc. Whereas the West enjoyed decades of motorsport competition and performance machines from every manufacturer, the East got, well, very little.
There was road racing, and race cars, but nothing approaching the level of development that enthusiasts here are used to.
The Velvet Revolution in 1989 led to a partnership with Volkswagen, who would later buy them out completely.
But in 1971, still firmly under Communist rule, Škoda developed the 110 Super Sport—a mid-engined sports car with a modified, 73 horsepower engine from the 110R Coupe.
Novel in design because of its hinged canopy over the passenger compartment and rear clamshell cover. Its lines are interesting—sort of like a Ford GT70 mixed with a Lancia Stratos.
(It also had what looks like glass louvers over the engine bay—let's say that Lamborghini copied Škoda for their latest range of supercars.)
Apparently, it weighed less than 900lbs. and would hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in…15.3 seconds. Still, that's substantially faster than most of the traffic behind the Iron Curtain.
It was trotted out here and there after its debut at the Brussels Motor Show in 1971, but was largely forgotten.
Ten years later, however, a film studio decided to adapt Josef Nesvadba's novel, Vampires Ltd., about a racing car that's driven by the blood of its driver.
Škoda lent the film production the 110 Super Sport, but not before tweaking it for its role—black paint, red trim, exposed headlights, and huge rear spoiler.
So, you're wondering: "How exactly does a car run on the blood of its driver?" It sucks blood through the driver's foot, via the accelerator. Obviously.
The "Ferat" is on display at the Škoda Museum, so if you're in the area, please grab a photo…
Škoda's sports car concept wasn't, however, the only quick car designed under Communist rule—one even had extra-decadent gullwing doors.
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