Story: Cars and the motor industry



The Trekka was New Zealand’s first significant foray into car design and manufacture, with around 2,500 built between 1966 and 1973. The vehicles were powered by Škoda engines from Czechoslovakia, while the bodies were manufactured in New Zealand. They were not a major success and only came about because of 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 21 February 2024)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014