Before its takeover by Volkswagen in the early 1990s, Skoda was famous for its rear-engined models, the first of which appeared in 1964. The final rear-engined Skoda - the Estelle - was introduced for 1977 and lasted until 1992, by which time the future had arrived in the form of the front-engined, front-drive Favorit. A four-door saloon, the Estelle was available with a choice of overhead-valve engines (of 1,046cc or 1,289cc) and featured independent suspension all round. Swing axles were employed at the rear, a feature that attracted criticism resulting in an extensive redesign for 1979. This Skoda Estelle was purchased by its first owner in August 1986 and used sparingly before being laid up in 1989. The car remained garaged until purchased (from a deceased's estate) by the second owner in June 2003, at which time it was MoT'd, the mileage being recorded as 4,574. When the MoT ran out, the Skoda was once again taken off the road, remaining unused until it was purchased by the current (third) owner in September 2008, by which time the odometer reading had risen to 5,400 miles. The vendor MoT'd and HPI-checked the car to verify the mileage, but advises us that he has not used it. Described as in generally good condition with excellent chassis/bodywork, the vehicle is offered with MoT to June 2010 and Swansea V5. A replacement Weber carburettor, Type-R seat covers and a Mountney steering wheel are the only notified deviations from factory specification.