The Škoda Trekka is an interesting car that was created especially for customers in New Zealand. Therefore, when a piece appears for sale in the Czech Republic, it is a relatively rare event.
In addition, there are even two Trekks available this time. But let’s first remember what this car is. We have to go back to the 1960s.
At that time, Motor Industries International, the general importer of Škoda cars to New Zealand, and the Mladá Boleslav carmaker launched a project of an affordable semi-off-road vehicle, primarily intended for farmers, craftsmen and business travelers. In 1965, Josef Velebný, a former head of body development, was sent to New Zealand for a project from Mladá Boleslav. The experienced technologist was behind the construction of the body of the Trekka model, whose external shapes were designed by local designer George Taylor.
The production, which began in 1966, was taken care of directly by Motor Industries in Otah, where the car was assembled from complete technical groups (engine, gearbox, axles) from the Škoda Octavia Super, which traveled to New Zealand from Boleslav in disassembled condition. By the way, the Trekka became the first car developed and manufactured in New Zealand, which is why it was available almost without waiting, at a price starting at 899 dollars there.
The basis of the new car was a modified Octavia Super chassis with a rigid backbone frame and independent all-wheel suspension. However, the wheelbase was shortened: from 2389 millimeters to 2165 mm. The trek was a relatively small car, measuring only 3550 mm in length and 1600 mm wide.
A new body was fitted to the chassis, in addition to the three-door version with two to eight seats and a fixed roof, removable canvas or laminate, there was also a station wagon version.
The car had a ground clearance of 190 mm and a modified permanent rear axle transmission from 4.78 to 5.25. The engine was mounted longitudinally at the front and was a four-cylinder OHV with a volume of 1221 cubic centimeters, a maximum power of 34 kW at 4500 rpm and a maximum torque of 87 Nm at 3000 rpm.
The synchronized transmission offered four gears, the mechanical duo then allowed the car to drive at speeds of up to 110 km / h. Optional equipment included a Balanced Traction differential, which improved the traction of the rear-wheel drive vehicle in the field.
The trekk was manufactured until 1972 (according to some sources until 1973), Škoda lists about 2,800 built specimens.
There are currently two pieces available in the Czech Republic. The older one dates from 1968, it is in the form of a pick-up and according to the seller it is after the “quite successful” renovation by the original owner. The car should be fully functional. The price is CZK 2,222,000.
The second copy is from 1972 and has a laminate superstructure. In the advertisement we find information about the allegedly precise renovation and that now the car is undergoing painting. The Trekka should be ready in August – and in new car condition. The owner wants CZK 2,400,000 for this piece.