Alger Cooper from Witheridge, North Devon, arrived to search for his 27th model from the brand. When changing his Morris Oxford in 1971, Cooper immediately chose the rear-engine Skoda 1100 and has been loyal to the badge ever since.
When Chris Anderson, dealer principal for Irvine Skoda, heard Cooper was ready to exchange his Fabia Elegance estate, he invited him along for a special preview of the new Roomster, a week before it launched to the public. He ordered one on the spot but claims that the rear-engine models were just as good as the modern versions today. He said: “I’d never have any vehicle other than a Skoda. They are so reliable, and in 36 years have never let me down.
“I’ve had several Skodas from Irvine Skoda and they always treat me like a VIP. I was thrilled when they gave me an exclusive viewing of the Roomster; everyone there is so helpful.”
Cooper with his new Roomster