Skoda is celebrating the 85th anniversary of its famous winged arrow logo by reminiscing about a very special car.
It is the ŠKODA Hispano Suiza which rolled off the assembly line in Mladá Boleslav and was delivered to the president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Production of the vehicle commenced in the spring of 1925 and wasn’t completed until May of 1926. During three years of produciton they only made 100 units of this luxurious vehicle, each custom-built to individual customer requirements.
The car had a price tag of £6,785 which was quite high in 1920s. t could go up to £8,928 depending on the level of features. It weighed 2,700 kilograms and had a top speed of 86 mph. Didn’t know Skoda has so much history?!
The accompanying Škoda marketing literature at the time read: “The Škoda Hispano Suiza is a luxury car designed by a brilliant engineer who put his stamp on the smallest details and manufactured with the utmost care and with finest materials.”
Established in 1895 as Laurin & Klement, Škoda started life as a bicycle manufacturer. In 1905, the company launched its first car, the Voiturette A.