Driving through the flat landscape on endless pentagon of asphalt through Riga, Latvia, to Tallinn, Estonia is tiring. The advantage is that in the sparsely populated Baltic states they drove the main routes so that they pass cities and villages, so you run almost 90, you rarely have to slow down to 50 to pass through villages.

You are dragging yourself between the trucks, and their drivers are fortunately accustomed to dodging a wide curb in order to be able to safely overtake them even by a person who is not a force-striking sprinter.

Our favorite, who we finally gave the traditional nickname Fan, likes it here. It is ninety or a hundred that suits him best, it whizzes lightly, the engine in front. The noise on board is unobtrusive, mechanical. We wonder if the clicking metal rustle that every favorite knows forever makes valves or something else.

The Škoda Favorit was first introduced 35 years ago, at the trade fair in Brno in 1987. The development cost 2.5 billion crowns. The carmaker paid Bertone design studio 28 million crowns for the design of the body and interior design and the construction of prototypes.

Since we left the Polish highways, where we ran mostly at full throttle, our consumption has dropped a lot. From the original seven and a half, we calculated the consumption of seven liters – in 1400 kilometers we burned a hundred liters of gasoline. We refilled the forty-seven-liter tank three times (always around 33 liters), in the Baltics, petrol stations are on the main lines even more often than in the Czech Republic.

We have also researched what it is like with the great seats that we praise all around. This is the magic of our LS design.

Škoda Favorit in numbers

  • length: 3,815 mm (4,160 mm Forman estate)
  • width x height x wheelbase (mm): 1,620 x 1,415 x 2,450
  • front / rear wheelbase (mm): 1 420/1 380
  • trunk volume: 257 liters
  • total weight: 1,325 kg
  • empty vehicle weight: 875-895 kg

Compared to the base, it has a tachometer instead of a clock (but the clock is a bit missing on the way, there were digitals for the ceiling to the mirror in the optional equipment), wiper cycler, fog lights, rear window wiper and washer coated with higher quality polyester plush “, as described by the sellers at the time. In our case, the covers are still disguised, but the original color and upholstery material reveal the front seats. Beneath the additionally added covers, there is also the originality of the favorite – the famous “transparent” headrests. They look great, but they’re pretty hard, the thick upholstery covers it.

The LS also included folding rear seats divided into 2: 1 and an upholstered trunk interior. Since 1993, it has also had black B-pillar stickers.

The offer of surcharges was, among other things, opening the trunk from the driver’s seat, or at the end of the model’s career also central locking, we would like that. We talked about spider locking yesterday (read here).

The four-cylinder 1.3-liter (exactly 1289 cc) had several variants with power from 40 to 50 kW, the most common were carburetors, but there were also versions with single-point injection Bosch and catalytic converter.

The most common variants were 135 and 136, which meant 43 and 46 kW (58 and 63 hp), respectively, the first had 94, the second 100 twisting newton meters. Both have a maximum of 150 kilometers per hour, the stronger variant has sprinted to 100 in 15 seconds, the other has conquered it a second earlier.

But experts know that the 125s drove better, perhaps not faster, but she was better off with the gear, and it ran somehow more relaxed than the stronger variant. In addition to the otherwise folded gearbox (longer permanent gear 3.90 instead of 4.16), the stronger version had other pistons and a higher compression ratio (9.7: 1 vs. 8.8: 1). Version 136 was the one that introduced itself first, but just with the arrival of our “German facelift”In 1992, it was recommended from the offer.

Our one hundred and thirty-three breathes best from some two to about three and a half thousand revolutions, there it has a dense pull. But when sailing through the city and districts, he doesn’t mind just hovering over diesel fifteen hundred revolutions at five.