Less than 12 months after the Felicia’s 1994 launch, Skoda introduced a light-duty pickup variant of its popular city car for commercial operators. The Skoda Felicia pickup was popular in the construction industry but the vehicle is best known for the ‘Felicia Fun’ derivative, which came in bright yellow and was aimed at the lifestyle market.
The Skoda Felicia pickup went into production at Skoda’s Vrchlabi factory in August 1995, and came with the choice of a 1.3 or 1.6-litre petrol, or Volkswagen’s famed 1.9-litre diesel engine.
Two years later in 1997, Skoda launched the ‘Felicia Fun’ version, which featured two fold-out rear seats, bright yellow paintwork and a leather interior. Due to high demand, the limited production run was increased to 4,000 in the UK, up from the initial 3,000.
Production of both models came to an end in 2001, and there were no pickup versions made of the Felicia’s successor, the Skoda Fabia.
Engine and driveline
All three of the Felicia’s engines were offered on the pickup variant; the 1.3-litre petrol (55hp/94Nm), 1.6-litre petrol (75hp/137Nm) and 1.9-litre diesel 65hp/123Nm), although only the 1.6-litre was available on the Skoda Felicia Fun.
The engines were hooked to a five-speed manual transmission and, despite rumours of an all-wheel drive in the pipeline, all versions were front-wheel drive.
Load area and practicality
The load bed measures 1,550mm long and 1,020mm between the wheelarches (equating to a load area of 2.02 square metres). There are gross vehicle weights of 1,510kg and 1,570kg for the petrol and diesel models respectively and the payload is rated at 530kg with an unbraked towing capacity of up to one tonne.
Truckman made two hardtops specifically for the Skoda Felicia pickup; the single-skin C model and the double-skin S model, which could carry up to 100kg on the roof and was spray painted on the inner walls.
Pricing and availability
Petrol variants of the Skoda pickup were priced at £5,999 plus VAT and £6,599 plus VAT for diesel models. Even though it had seats in the back, VAT was reclaimable on the Skoda Felicia Fun model which started at £8,599. Nowadays, a good condition Skoda Felicia pickup will set you back around £1,000, and around £2,000 for the Felicia Fun.
To find out about more pickups from yesteryear, visit our Classic Pickup Trucks page.