Škoda’s Logo: First Use

The history of the company—now part of the Volkswagen Group—known as Škoda is actually quite an interesting one, as it is a vehicle manufacturer that began as a bicycle manufacturer in the late 19th century, was building motorcycles by the turn of the century, then cars by 1905 in what is now the Czech Republic.

The history of the company—now part of the Volkswagen Group—known as Škoda is actually quite an interesting one, as it is a vehicle manufacturer that began as a bicycle manufacturer in the late 19th century, was building motorcycles by the turn of the century, then cars by 1905 in what is now the Czech Republic.

It was known as Laurin & Klement until 1925, when it was acquired by Škoda Works, which began as an arms manufacturing concern.

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The Škoda logo that continues to be used today, a winged arrow, is now 85 years old. It was used on the 1926 Škoda Hispano Suiza built in a factory in Mladá Boleslav for the then-president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.

And the vehicle in question was built as the result of acquiring a license to manufacture the cars from the Spanish vehicle manufacturer, Hispano-Suiza.

Škoda had the cars in production for three years, putting an end to it in 1929 having manufactured just 100 of the 5,940-lb. cars.

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