It has been 120 years since ŠKODA first started out in business manufacturing bicycles, before turning its attention to cars in 1905. To mark the milestone, The Daily Telegraph’s Cars team took part in a unique celebration by showcasing a number of iconic models from the firm’s past.
They included the oldest ŠKODA known in the UK – the 422 built in 1929. It features a 1.2-litre engine producing just 22bhp which is fitted within a wooden frame concealed by steel panels. The drive wasn’t as desirable as today’s ŠKODA cars, but it did help to pave the way for vehicle ownership in Czechoslovakia.
Also driven was a 1940 420 Popular. It was produced for 13 years from 1934 and used a three-speed gearbox to channel power onto the road. A 1201 Station Wagon from 1958 stood out with its striking, curvy looks that combined chrome with shiny alloy. One familiar name selected by The Telegraph was the Octavia, although owners of today’s version probably wouldn’t recognise the 1964 variant. It draws inspiration from the styling of American cars from the era, while the drive was described as “crisp”.
Other past generation ŠKODAs on show included the 1000 MB which introduced the rear-engine layout the firm would follow for 25 years. A sleek 1977 110R coupé and 1992 Favorit hatchback completed the look back on ŠKODA past.
The manufacturer has come a long way during 120 years in business, and all of its latest innovations can be explored through a test drive. Contact Lancaster ŠKODA in Milton Keynes to book a visit soon.