Stanislav Melichar admits that the vintage OCTAVIA does require quite a different approach to driving than modern cars. “The car without power steering or brakes doesn’t handle as well as is usual today. For example, the brakes are reliable, but you have to drive carefully and not overload them. You have to think in advance,” the owner explains about driving a 1961 car. It’s similar with the gearbox. If it’s in good condition and the driver is patient and careful, it shifts smoothly, although it may not seem so when switching from a modern car.