1966 - 1973

Trekka 

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Born from a unique collaboration between New Zealand and Czechoslovakia, Trekka emerged in the late 1960s as a testament to pragmatic automotive engineering. It was a time when New Zealand’s restrictive import policies necessitated a home-grown solution, leading to the partnership with Škoda. The result was the Trekka, which became New Zealand’s first and only mass-produced vehicle.

Conceived by Motor Holdings Ltd., spearheaded by Noel Turner, the Trekka was based on a Škoda Octavia platform. Its simplistic design and utilitarian features were aimed to cater to the rugged New Zealand terrains, and also to support local industries by using as many locally sourced components as possible. Initially launched in 1966, this vehicle was not just a car but a symbol of national capability and independence in automotive manufacturing.

Despite its historical significance, the Trekka’s production was short-lived, ceasing in 1973 with just over 2,500 units made. In recent years, however, the Trekka has gained cult status, being celebrated for its role in the history of New Zealand’s automotive industry and its forward-thinking, albeit brief, success. The vehicle’s legacy is a poignant reminder of innovation and adaptability in challenging times.

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