Micropost: Swedish Pick-Ups

These two pick-ups were parked in Fristad, Sweden.

Skoda Favorit pick-up
Skoda Favorit pick-up

Skoda based the pick-up on the 1994 Felicia, itself a development of the 1986 Favorit.

Fiat Strada
Fiat Strada

The Fiat Strada served less-developed countries and was produced in Brazil from 1996. It has had two facelifts – this one is the second series. There is a considerable number of variants and engines which is indicative of Fiat tuning the model to its wide range of markets. Related are the Palio, Siena, Perla and Albea. The last three are saloons for Mexico and China. The Palio-family is complex and shows Fiat milking the Palio platform with remarkable thoroughness.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

6 thoughts on “Micropost: Swedish Pick-Ups”

  1. I have a thing for tiny pick ups. Mark 1 Golf pickups are becoming quite sought after by the tuner crowd. I also have fond memories of the Sierra pick up (more of a ute really), which was surely as much pick up as most Europeans have ever needed.

    1. And you’ll find that it’s a very good example for a car with a strong signature colour. Most of these pick-ups I see (or saw) are two-tone yellow, usually with quite some brightwork and nice wheels. I can see where the customising started.

  2. Quite right: it’s a really distinctive creamy lime green and flat. It is a counterpoint to the utilitarian character of the car. This is a working car; the Strada is a liemfestyle accessory.
    I saw a lot of fun things in my short Swedish sojourn!

    1. Oh, it wasn’t that green I considered signature, although it’s quite distinctive as well. I think it was also available on standard Feliciae. But I was rather thinking of this:

      Apparently it’s called Felicia Fun.

  3. The first generation Doblò is also based on the Palio platform, notwithstanding the leaf-sprung tube rear axles with rubber bump-stops like railway buffers.

    I hadn’t realised the Strada was sold in Sweden – no reason why not, I suppose.

    I’ve not yet checked what underpins its back end. I did once crawl under the back of a Zastava 101 pick-up in Crete, to the affront of the assembled company. I can humbly report that I found it was the standard 128 transverse leaf independent set-up. Dante would have been proud!

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