This exhibit, commemorating 50 years from the commencement of the Škoda 1000 MB production, is newly opened in the 'History of Transportation' exhibition of the National Technical Museum.

During the first half of the 1960s, owning a car was the stuff of dreams for most Czechoslovakian citizens, but by the end of the 1980s, a large number of households had acquired a new or used automobile. Most common was a rear-engine Škoda. Over three and a half million of these cars were produced during the years 1964-1990. They were not perfect, but they fulfilled an important historic function - they motorized their country.

The first of these cars was the model known as the 'embee' - "embéčko" in Czech and "embačka" in Slovak. Its official designation was Škoda 1000 MB.

We have four cars on display, three of them on loan from the Škoda factory museum in Mladá Boleslava. They are a Škoda 1000 MB from 1966, a rare two-door Škoda 1100 MB from 1969 and a unique prototype station wagon from 1963. The fourth is from our own collection – a 1965 Škoda formula 3 racer, with a motor based on the 'embee' motor.

This exhibit will be open until the end of September 2014.