Chapter summary

Part social history, part motor industry nostalgia, THE TREKKA DYNASTY follows threads from the start of the 1900’s which wove together to create New Zealand’s only homegrown production motor vehicle.

These threads include the enterprise of English carpenter Arthur Turner and his stepson Noel, the all-powerful grip in which post-war New Zealand Governments held the manufacturing industry, and the myriad of controls which created the most distorted new car market in the western world.

All would converge in the 1960’s to give birth to the Trekka, an awkward jeep-like vehicle with Kiwi clothing and a communist heart. For a time, a new motor vehicle was finally within the grasp of nearly every New Zealander. And from there the world.

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1. Art and Academia

 

2. The Immigrants

 

3. Bradfords

 

4. Exit Jowett

 

5. Volkswagen

 

6. Mr Volkswagen

 

7. Noel

 

8. The Beetle Years

 

9. Branching Out

 

10. The Feud

 

11. The Dream

 

12. The Float

 

13. Skoda

 

14. Trekka

 

15. The Market

 

16. Selling Trekka

 

17. Friends in High Places

 

18. Trekka Troubles Trials and Tribulations Club

 

19. A Trekka in the Family

 

20. Southern Mates and Battletruck

 

21. Secret Service

 

22. Czech Mates

 

23. Vietnam

 

24. The Nova

 

25. Noel’s Decade

 

26. OE

 

27. Trouble at Home

 

28. Final Drive

 

29. Post Script