Story: Cars and the motor industry



The Trekka was New Zealand’s foray into car design and manufacture. Around 2,500 vehicles were built between 1966 and 1973. They were powered by imported Czechoslovakian Škoda engines, while the bodies were manufactured in New Zealand. They were not a major success and only came about due to New Zealand’s restrictive import licensing regime of the 1960s.

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Sources of cars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2020)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 15 Dec 2014