The Ferat Vampire RSR is the weirdest Skoda ever

I live in a country where a Skoda is the most normcore vehicle you can think of. A grey new-ish Octavia is pretty much “A Car” and not much more, its normalcy somewhat shadowing the quirkier cars the Czech manufacturer has churned out during its various eras.

Luckily there have been some wonderfully weird Skodas over the years, including the lovely yellow Felicia Fun lifestyle pickup and the fastback Rapid coupes with their similarly sporty predecessors, so Skoda’s reputation as an interesting carmaker will never become completely tarnished.

But far the weirdest one is the Skoda 110 Super Sport. Originally born as a futuristic, angular concept car for the 1972 Brussels motor show, the 73-horsepower 1100cc Super Sport had a lifting canopy instead of conventional doors.

Later on, the only existing car got a slightly bigger engine transplanted into it, which gave it all of 104 horsepower and upped the top speed from 180 km/h to 211 km/h. It wasn’t really fast, but it was certainly rapid for a ’70s Skoda, partly thanks to its sub-1000kg weight.

And that’s not all. In the early 1980s a Czech film director needed a convincing hero car for his vampire film, about a Christine-like car that thrived on blood. The unique concept was facelifted for the occasion, to become the fictional “Ferat Vampire RSR”, and gained more contemporary lighting front and rear, along with black paint. It still looks like a Skoda thanks to the detailing and 120 sedan tail lights, but there’s a touch of low-volume French manufacturer style to it, with a large helping of homebrew weirdness. The gold BBS are a nice touch, and they must have been worth a pretty penny in 1981 Czechoslovakia.

There’s a great clip on YouTube about the Ferat Vampire RSR, complete with a Kavinsky soundtrack that perfectly accompanies the movie footage. Check it out:


[Photos: Skoda]

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14 responses to “The Ferat Vampire RSR is the weirdest Skoda ever”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    “…a Christine-like car that thrived on blood.”

    Leaving aside Christine’s useful habit of self-repair, that’s every car I’ve owned.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Christine transformed Arnie away from his nerdiness, though. You haven’t found the right microcar for that yet.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        So if I’m understanding you correctly, I should go buy the 1971 Manic GT that’s for sale in Port Angeles.

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          Of course.

          But keep in mind that things didn’t end well for Arnie.

      2. crank_case Avatar

        Yeah, but this is 2019 and the top pic would be Hipster Arnie now and the bottom the square.

  2. outback_ute Avatar

    Thanks Antti, a new one for me. 130 mph is pretty impressive, and sub 1000 kg would be conservative with the 130RS weighing 720.

    1. crank_case Avatar

      It’s stats wouldn’t be far off a lot of sports/kit cars still on the streets 1981 in fairness – e.g. Fiat X/19, last of the Triumph Spitfires, loads of UK pinto engined kit cars.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        A Fiat X1/9 top speed is rated at 112 mph (saw reference to 130 from a racing version), Triumph Spitfire 1500 101. Even a Lotus Elan Sprint is 120mph.

        130 mph takes a good deal more power than 120, or better aero to allow taller gearing. I’d stand to be corrected but I’m not sure if any production pre-EFI 4-cyl car would do 130.

        1. crank_case Avatar

          I was just referring to power and weight stats. It’s a one off show car/b-movie prop. I’d take any top speed claims with a pinch of salt.

  3. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    throw Kavinsky over anything and it’s instantly retro cool

    1. crank_case Avatar

      See also: Chromatics.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Awesome video, makes me miss the time when moar lights meant just that…and not a fugly LED bar.

  5. Andrew Pierce Avatar
    Andrew Pierce

    It;s like McLaren set out to build a Plymouth Laser

  6. Desmo Avatar

    I can see a bit of a Volkswagen Corrado in this.

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