Helsinki Street Sightings: 1993 Skoda Forman

Following the Eastern European street furniture in an earlier post by our Kamil, here’s a newly Czech car doing daily service in Finland. Czechoslovakia was peacefully split into two countries on January 1st, 1993, and this car was first registered late in the year, so the odds are that the Skoda Forman here was built in the Czech Republic.
And the name, Forman, does puzzle me a little. Is it for man? Or is there a Milos Forman reference? Any way you see it, this elongated Favorit seems handy for any man hauling old Czech-language films by the VHS-load. Personally, I recommend Hoří, má panenko (The Firemen’s Ball).

The front end is just the same as any five-door Favorit, and I don’t think even the pickup versions were downgraded in this department. What you got was the 1.3-litre pushrod four dating back from the rear-engined days, and you got yourself some 54 horsepower for that. And the flying baseball bat on the nose.
This example here, tidy as it is, appears also to be fully loaded. OEM alloys, clearish blinkers, metallic paint, tinted windows, chrome exhaust tip, classy pinstriping – you name it.
That’s probably down to it being the too-fancy-to-fit-on-the-hatch FORMAN GLX PLUS Silver Line. The logotype on the striping is so wonderfully early ’90s I love it for that.
[Images: Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

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  1. stigshift Avatar

    I quite like it. Looks like the designers of the Subaru GL10, Toyota Tercel, and VW Golf had a round of drinks and compared notes…

    1. GC Avatar

      It looks like it’s much more popular Eastern Bloc buddy – Lada Samara. Especially upfront.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        The Lada Samara, Škoda Favorit and a whole bunch of other glasnost Eastern cars look very similar…I never understood why – was it just a feeling they had?
        This Forman seems to be in outstanding shape, pretty rare in this condition. Imagine Škoda went from this to the Octavia in a small decade.

      2. KMNTR Avatar

        The Škoda Favorit/Forman were styled by the Italian design firm Bertone. I don’t know who designed the other makes’ cars.

  2. Carsten Avatar

    and i am the owner of this car,i am amazed someone has taken photos of it 😉 nice that other people like it i had bought 2 month ago and bringing it into better shape