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June 2010 Issue
 
ARTICLE
Octavia and Felicia
By Robert McLellan
 

In 1956, Continental Car Combine in New York City decided on importing a Communist car into the United States during the Cold War with the U.S.S.R. That did not make sense to most anyone but it actually worked. Skoda 440s and 1200 were renamed Octavia and Felicia. Although they were sold in the USA through 1967, sales were low compared to their sales in other parts of the world.

I would like to introduce our readers to a car with a history going back to 1859 (or 1869) when Emil Skoda began manufacturing weapons in Plzen, Czechoslovakia. No two early histories of the early automobile manufacturing are the same and there is the claim that they built Hispano-Suizas, chassis and bodies in 1923. Skoda acquired Laurin & Klement, a bicycle and later motorcycle manufacturer, and together they built the following cars beginning in 1905.

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Skoda automobiles are still produced today and are sold in many parts of the world through their new owner, the Volkswagon Group. Both the Octavia and Felicia names have been retained.

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