Škoda, while being responsible for some truly awful cars, was also able to imbue their cars with a certain quirky charm, particularly their last independently manufactured unit, the ‘Favorit’. There is something about a car whose brakes are smoking as you coast down an Italian hillside that just warms the heart.

Škoda was more or less taken over in 1995 by Volkswagen, and while the quality of their cars improved, the coolness factor generally declined.

So, while a Škoda on the road is still pretty neato, I can’t help but think that underneath it all, it’s really just a Jetta.

By the way, a little known fact is that ‘Škoda’, in Slovak, also means “That’s a shame.”

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