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A Skoda designer has redesigned the brand’s classic 1203 van as a modern-day camper.

Daniel Hájek was inspired to create the model because his grandparents have a flatbed version of the 1203. While lesser-known in the UK, this model was popular in Czechoslovakia, where it arrived in 1968 as a versatile model that would be adapted for uses such as ambulances and hearses. Production would continue until the mid-1990s.

“It was kind of my first car, we used it on our farm, and when I was fifteen they let me start the engine now and then and drive it around the field,” Hájek said.

Speaking of the model being reinvented, he added: “Yes, I talked about it with my colleagues and they said that if I have experience with the 1203 I could try to reimagine it for the new millennium. But I also think a vehicle like this would be great for the Skoda brand today.”

The new model gets full-width LED lighting at the front and rear, while featuring a new pop-up roof, which has proven popular on models like the Volkswagen California. It’s based on VW’s current Transporter van, though Hájek said it could be adapted to be electric instead.

The model has been reimagined as part of the brand’s ‘Icons Get a Makeover’ series, which sees the brand’s legendary cars reinvented. Other models that have been reimagined include the 130 RS along with the Voiturette A – the first car made by Laurin and Klement, the founders of Skoda.

Ted Welford

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February 4, 2021