For Sale: The Czech is in the Mail


Today, Skoda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VAG, but back in 1969 it was still under the auspices of the Soviet-Bloc planned economy, which had forced nationalized ownership on the company, and had cut it off from the west, stifling technological progress and access to modern parts.
While the Ruskies and Americans traded narrow-eyed scowls across negotiation tables, they didn’t trade much of anything else, and hence Skoda was not a factor in the U.S. market. That makes this Octavia Sport Combi a rare find here, comrade.
Unlike their Soviet counterparts, the Skodas never seemed like they had been built by people bent on the car’s failure. And while the communists didn’t see the need to keep up with the west technologically in their consumer products as much as they did with their military hardware, this ’69 Octavia only looks about 10-years out of date.
Parts may be an issue with this Czech mix, but at $4,000, you won’t have to part with much cash to buy it. Plus, the two-door combi body style is one that is rare on U.S. roads these days. And while its 70-mph top speed on those roads will mean you won’t be outrunning the StB, you will be styling when taken in for questioning- and never seen again.
That 51-bhp four isn’t going to make your Prague spring, but does enjoy a rep for durability. That’s good, because there isn’t a Skoda aisle at your local Auto Parts store.
The body is in need of some de-denting, but the car’s communist roots appear to have fended off the road rot invasion. The Borgward-esque body is handsome, while avoiding many of the iron curtain cliches of American-style mimicry. If you’re a big fan of chrome, you might want to just keep walking here, as that shiny trim was apparently seen as decadent by Skoda’s thin-lipped overseers.
So czech it out- It’s been tracked on BaT for almost two years, with a price that’s falling much more rapidly than did the Berlin Wall. Still, it’s a pretty cool car to find up for grabs, especially as the price keeps going down. It can currently be found on Craigslist, but there’s a lot more pictures and description available at this site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 64 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here

  1. joshuman Avatar

    The steering wheel would become a very efficient human-slicer-in-halfer if the car were to hit something hard. I really like the styling of it.

  2. interior style Avatar

    Good information here, I turned out to be very useful. Where can I get more information like this please?

  3. Phil Kyte Avatar

    Hi there I like your Function

  4. ristrutturare casa Avatar

    I’ve been reading a few posts and really and enjoy your writing. I’m thinking of linking to your posts from my site , just let me know if it’s feasible , thanks !

  5. Katelyn Corneau Avatar

    You prepared a number fine points there. I did a good solid research for this particular issue and found out generally people will definitely agree with your website. Thanks

  6. Bibi Herndon Avatar

    Hey incredibly good blog!!

  7. Rolando Mardesich Avatar

    I’m not actually too familiar with this topic. I a bit more so just like to stop by blogs for layout tips and points like that. But you in fact developed a subest that i often care absolutely nothing about exceptionally intriguing. This can be a very good blog to design mine immediately after. I hope you do not mind if i bookmark your websites, in order that i can effortlessly get it once more within the future. Cheers.

  8. Cheap Web Hosting Avatar

    Interesting article. Were did you got all the information from… 🙂

  9. free xbox points Avatar

    Greetings from Texas! Just googled your blog. Actually read your article, I’ll email it along! 😛 Have a fantastic day!

  10. youtube marketing Avatar

    I love your website! did you create this yourself or did you outsource it? Im looking for a blog design thats similar so thats the only reason I’m asking. Either way keep up the nice work I was impressed 🙂

  11. Cheap Web Hosting Avatar

    Hello webmaster I like your post ….

  12. Bettyann Avatar

    I love Czech women, they are all so beautiful but my all time favorite is Petra Cubonova She is just stunningly beautiful. If you look at these pictures I am sure you will agree

  13. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Wow, great blog! I especially enjoy your use of verbiage and punctuation that trancends the boundaries of mere blogging
    http://www.i_hate_random_irrelevant_posts_intended_as_a_pathetic_attempt_to_get_people_to_click_on_a_web_link.com

    1. Mike_the_Dog Avatar
      Mike_the_Dog

      Hey, comment spammers have to get creative these days…

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        I love when creativity extends to their choice of words and the order in which they type them.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Whenever I notice a spammer in the "last comments" column I follow the link, click Report and type "Spam." in the submission box, submit it, then look over the rest of that (usually long-dormant) post for earlier spammers in need of the same treatment. It's not much, but I figure it helps with some of the weeding. I'll now be doing that with our friends above.

          1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

            I probably ought to do the same, but then I wouldn't be able to reply to them in an hilarious manner.

          2. mdharrell Avatar

            No, but at least you can enjoy making work for whoever monitors the Hooniverse complaints inbox. Usually the spam disappears pretty quickly, so it's keeping someone busy.

%d bloggers like this: