The prototype of the Honker was created in 1984 in the Fabryka Samochodow Rolniczych (Farming Vehicles Works) or FSR in Poznan
Based on the earlier design of the Tarpan car, it was to replace it as the basic Polish-made pick-up truck in public service. However, it was not until 1988 that the serial production was started. The car was produced in two varieties:
1. Tarpan Honker 4012, a typical hard top with room for up to 10 passengers
2. Tarpan Honker 4022, a pick-up truck with room for 2 passengers
In late 1996 the design was bought by the Daewoo Motor Polska company, who decided to continue the production in Lublin. The interior design was slightly modified and the car received the new designation of Daewoo Honker 2324. The car did not differ much from the original version and was available in the same set of options. There were plans for creation of a modernized Daewoo Honker II with either 4x2 or 4x4 drive, but they were called off and instead the factory only modified the external design and continued the production under a new name of Daewoo Honker 2000.
After the bankruptcy of Daewoo, the license was inherited by two companies. Andoria-Mot continued the production in small quantities from 2002–2003, and in 2003 created two modernized versions, both in a hard-top pick-up combination. Intrall Polska, made the Honker from Jan. 2004-Spring 2007. In 2004, Intrall created another model, the off-road car Honker MAX. In addition, in 2004 the Honker saw yet another modification: an armored heavier versionHonker Skorpion 3 was created specifically for the Polish Army forces in Iraq.
Andoria Company (2001-2003)
DZT Tyminscy (2009- present)
Poland needed a vehicle for countryside broken roads. In 1971 first prototype Tarpan vehicles were introduced. Ladder chassis and body parts came from Zuk vehicle, drive and independent suspension of the front wheels came from Warsaw. Rear axle was solid. In the 1972, 25 units were produced. From 1973 until 1976 8.533 units of Tarpan 233 were produced. Since 1978 Tarpan came with differential lock. In 1978 was this model upgraded and sold as Tarpan 235. It offered revised chassis, suspension of front wheels and body changes. That year over 5 thousand of pieces were produced and a year later it was 6 thousand. By turn of 70s and 80s new prototypes of new terrain vehicle were introduced. Italian Fiat ("Tarpanielo") took part in it. The model was reflected on Honker type that is being produced in upgraded version nowadays.
When this unique off-road vehicle was introduced in Poland, it received name Tarpan Honker. Reportedly because of the sinewy tatran horse breed. Its main purpose was to replace old uaz vehicles of police and army. By turn of 80s and 90s Honker was produced with 3 engine types with 5 speed gearbox. The vehicle had parts from Lublin. It could do 68% hillside, side incline 42%. Overhang / departure angles were 44/42 and wading depth 80 cm. At the beginning of 90s companies FSR and ROSS Roudnice took part in a terrain vehicles tender for the Czech army
In June 1997 Tarpan Honker turned up with upgraded drive, turbo diesel Andoria 4CT90 and Eaton gearbox. Honker 2 came in 1999 with new suspension system, upgraded drive, electrical installation and interior from Lublin 3 that had central differential with a lock and permanent drive on all wheels. Both solid axles were equipped with air suspension. The producer declares the vehicle as a cheap version of a real off-road vehicle.
In 2010, production line of Honker vehicles was purchased by DZT group, which in 2010 really restored the production. In autumn 2010, first batch of Honker 2000 for military was made with Andoria ADCR EURO4 engine. In 2011 first EURO4 and EURO5 Honkers for civilian market were introduced.