By Tom Midlane @goldenlatrine
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Videographer / director: Robert Nemeti
Producer: Tom Midlane, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas
Mechanic Martin Jinek, 33, and his electrician friend Jaroslav Valenta, 34, joined forces to build what they believe is the only Skoda stretch limo in the world.
The pair, from Ústí nad Labem in the Czech Republic, took a humble Skoda 105L - one of the most popular cars in central and eastern Europe when it was released in the late 70s - and did a custom DIY job to create the unique vehicle.
Martin said: "There has never been a Skoda Limousine before - it’s a machine that brings joy and happiness to everyone’s eyes.
“We created our Skoda purely as a challenge, I think that it turned out well.”
The Skoda brand was acquired by Volkswagen in 2000 and now has a reputation for reliability and high performance, but for people of a certain age in the UK the name remains a byword for shoddy engineering.
But that reputation didn’t stop the Czech duo from choosing a Skoda when they came to design their limo.
Martin added: “We chose the Skoda because it is a domestic brand. I am not a big patriot, but there was something of that in me.
“That’s why we chose this car that in the Czech Republic was owned - or at least driven - by pretty much everyone.”
The 7-metre-long vehicle was built from two individual Skodas - one cut behind the back seats and the other cut in front of the back seats - allowing them to keep the original doors while lengthening the vehicle’s chassis.
The car customisers had a Skoda ‘badge’ handmade for the limo’s bonnet - underneath which sits a 1,300cc, 1.3 litre engine from a Skoda Felicia.
And while the front of the car has retained its original interior, Martin and Jaroslav have also pimped their ride with a minibar, fridge and a mirrored ceiling with a starry sky effect.
Unsurprisingly the car turns heads when the pair take it out for a drive on the roads.
Jaroslav said: “When we drive the car around, people take photos and videos and wave at us and shout things.
“It is a good feeling - we built our car for the people, we are doing it for them.”