Trekka

There are a few, say, "practical parallels" between Czechoslovakia and New Zealand. A huge rural population, for one. A hard-working, can-do spirit is another.

The Trekka is interesting for several reasons—least of which, it's the first car from New Zealand I've written about. Er…truck? Agriculture vehicle? The Trekka could do all sorts of things, in all sorts of conditions, but it wouldn't have been possible without the country's government wanting to spur production of more locally-assembled goods, including vehicles.

Like Brazil, the restrictions were mainly placed on imports, the idea being that demand would rise and a local would figure out a solution. The solution was from Philip Andrews, who noticed tariffs were waived for agricultural vehicles, with no limit on production. 

Fine and dandy, but where will the oily bits come from?

Škoda.

Specifically, the Octavia estate, whose bits were bundled up in Communist-assembled crates and shipped to New Zealand, where they were given a steel body, soft-or-fibreglass top, and a sticker price very close to the bottom of the market. 

I can't possibly compete with the outstanding information on Wikipedia and trekka.co.uk; this is  a very well-documented utility runabout…at least in New Zealand. In the rest of the world, it's mostly a curiosity, though it's appeared in exhibitions in Italy and one was apparently shipped to General Motors…why, I don't know.

There are short films, books, and the 'ute itself was made until '73, so there are a good number of survivors kicking around. I'd love one, not so much for its capability but for the company's kick-ass (deer head?!) logo…