Alfa Romeo's medieval emblem is easily one of the oldest–and craziest–logos in the car business. But the Czech's North American connection also goes back as far as to the mid-nineteenth century.
Škoda, the now Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker were one of the first in the world, having started 122 years ago as Laurin & Klement, building bicycles. Their first car rolled off the line in 1905, and two decades later, after surviving the War, the small company was bought by Škoda Works, one of Europe's largest industrial conglomerates.
Today, the Škoda logo continues to appear on a wide range of products, including trams and locomotives as well as the cars using VW's technology. In fact, I saw one up close just two weeks ago, as I was standing very close to reactor four of Hungary's only nuclear power plant. As it turned out, Škoda manufactured most of their hardware too.
More importantly, Škoda's flying arrow also makes it to cars such as the 242 horsepower Octavia vRS wagon, a Golf GTI that's much better than a Golf GTI. And now, it's time to get lost in the Škoda Museum:
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