So who is to blame for those ugly 440-445 models produced 1955-59? Some unknown (to me) stylist or stylists? The company's engineering department? Management? Well, management, for sure, because somebody had to agree to release the design for production. Blame might also be placed on budgetary constraints and the level of metal-shaping technology available to the firm when the 440 was under development.
For some background on the Škoda 440 series try this link. It's in Czech, so you might have to use a web browser translation feature if one is available.
Images of 440s and 445s are below. Date citations are approximate.
1955 Škoda 440 side view. One-piece, curved windshield and backlight aside, the passenger compartment greenhouse and trunk ensemble has an awkward, late-1940s look. The pontoon fender line would have been improved if it was slightly more curved with a modest kickup near the rear wheel opening. What was needed was the aft part of the fender to be closer and roughly parallel to the fold just below the lower edge of the window. As it is, it allows the especially awkward area around the C-pillar unneeded emphasis. Then there is that odd bulge atop the front fender opening; I find it inexplicable. Finally, note the protruding, chromed headlight housings that have a cheap, tacked-on appearance.
Škoda 445 from 1957 or so. The visible changes are the 50s-fashionable two-tome paint job and upper-grille ornamentation that harmonizes better with the dominant bars on the lower grille.