1989 Skoda Rapid 136 Rapid Coupe 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Wicked bit of retro fun

Faults:

Previous cars (1 x 136 and 1 x 135 ric).

Head gaskets.

Poor carburettors.

Injector on 135 very poor, changed to carb.

General Comments:

New car to me, good condition for an 18 year old car, was poorly modified when purchased, so have:

Fitted Ashley Group N exhaust; very loud!

K&N air filter.

K&N vent filter.

Chopped front springs.

Bucket seats.

Harnesses.

Will be fitting Weber replacement carb, cos they are so much smoother.

All the above enhance Skoda ownership greatly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2006

1990 Skoda Rapid RiC 1.3 Fuel Injected/Bendix from Hungary

Summary:

A real sporty coupe and my dream car!

Faults:

The electronic fuel pump (AC) has a very strange noise when the ignition is on. It gives a clicking noise.

Seats have started to wear badly, new covers will be needed soon.

It will need some TLC, which would include welding on the drivers rear corner/sill, a small bump on the d/s/r bumper (very minor dent on body only noticed when you hunt for it), a small paint graze on the p/s/f arch touched in, and various rust patches, mainly front wings and rear arches etc.

General Comments:

I bought this car a month ago from the UK. It does benefit from being one of the very last off the production line of only a few living UK cars (and so being a rare car), with only a fraction of those being the limited edition model. This one is has the RiC (RiC stands for Rapid Injection Catalyst) fuel injection system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2006

1987 Skoda Rapid Cabriolet 1.3 petrol from Malta

Summary:

Brilliant fun car

Faults:

Although the car has a high mileage, it only needed a good service and new water pump and the engine just runs as smooth as any brand new car.

General Comments:

I always fancied a Cabriolet and the Rapid is a very rare Cabriolet, so when I saw this one for sale I just fell in love instantly. It has been loads of fun driving the Rapid, especially with the top down. People just stop and stare. Besides the fun it is also very reliable and cheap to run. What more could you ask for?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

6th May 2005, 10:23

I wish I could buy this one in former Czechoslovakia, but maybe you know convertible skodas were only for western Europe and you cannot find them in their home country...

11th Jun 2005, 13:57

Who knows where the skoda rapid cabriolet was manufactured. Which company? Is it still possible to build a cabriolet out of a standard rapid?

24th Sep 2005, 05:15

The Skoda Rapid Cabriolet was made in the U.K. by Roger Ludgate, of LDD in Kent and around 500 were made from 1984 onwards.2 types were available, the standard and the Lux, which retained modified rear quarter lights. They were for the U.K. market. Other conversions were available abroad.

27th Nov 2005, 12:32

Just bought a Skoda Rapid Convertible Mk1. It is bright yellow with a nice set of purple lilac seats! It has lost its 120 engine and been installed with a 136 mill. The gearbox is OK, but I think the previous owner bent the shaft when changing the engine. Hence it needs a tug to get it out of third. I need a garage to store the car - at the moment it is on my drive under a car cover! Hopefully will be in use in he spring. Only done 157 in two years - 7 miles since last MOT. Lots of spares with it - even a period Skoda Radio cassette and built in clock! Will need a new hood so appreciated previous writers comments about LDD. Any ideas on prices? Keep Skodaring. Mel.

5th Dec 2005, 06:01

I met Roger Ludgate quite by chance at the weekend (Sat 3rd Dec)- what an inspiring, passionate and enthusiatic person he is. If you get in touch with him regarding your car queries I'm sure he'd be delighted to help.

30th Dec 2005, 07:00

Thanks for that. I will contact Roger in Spring time once the weather gets better?! I have found storage for the car now. It is now under cover in a local farmers barn. Dead pleased. Got lots of funny looks as I towed her there behind my Octavia VRS WRC model! Racing colours with a bright yellow car 6 feet behind. Happy motoring.