Lesser-known models from SKODA AUTO’s 125-year history: The SKODA FELICIA Fun
The modern FAVORIT with a transversely mounted front engine and front-wheel drive offered greater freedom in body design: ŠKODA presented this completely new vehicle family with a hatchback body to the public at the engineering fair in Brno on 16 September 1987. Studies by designers and engineers of the Czech automobile manufacturer soon followed, including the prototype ŠKODA 781 Tremp: The two-seater four-door vehicle was equipped with a fixed roof for driver and front passenger, but this was replaced by a sturdy tubular construction and a roll bar starting at the B-pillar.
At the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in 1993, the Czech car manufacturer proved that even this commercial vehicle could possess a certain charm and presented two ready-to-drive concepts with the model designation ŠKODA FAVORIT FUN.
The extent to which these two exhibition vehicles resembled the later production model was demonstrated in March 1995 when the ŠKODA FELICIA Fun celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
Probably the FELICIA Fun’s biggest surprise was in the interior: The innovative idea of a folding and sliding rear wall and two emergency seats had found its way into a series-production vehicle and was far more than just a futuristic show car feature. The refined mechanics, known within the company as the ‘party trick’, were incorporated into the standard equipment of the FELICIA Fun. When the emergency seats were unfolded, the depth of the loading area, which was covered with spruce wood, decreased from 1,370 to 850 millimetres. The following text was found in the vehicle brochure at the time: The vehicle’s fresh yellow colour represents the adventures the FELICIA Fun will gladly take you on. Take hold of the bright yellow steering wheel, turn the ignition and head for the sun and fun.
Apr 28, 2020 at 09:06