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Old 12th May 2014, 16:51   #91
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As far as the design is concerned , Trekkers are the exact replicas of "Minimoke", though enlarged .... Minimokes are still very popular with collectors in the UK
I think this particular post really went unnoticed. The Mini Moke is based on the Mini originally designed by the great Sir Alec Issigonis. The Moke (which stands for Donkey in archaic English dialect was nothing but a stripped down Mini with no doors, roof and a modified front. It was used sometimes as a commercial vehicle and also as beach buggy and sometimes even as a golf cart. The Moke was built by BMC around 1964 first and then thanks to the chequered history of Mini it was sold as a Leyland Moke, as Austin Mini Moke and even Morris Moke. Morris is the connection between the Moke and the Trekker. Land Masters and Ambassadors began life as Morris Oxfords. In the seventies HM had the bright idea of doing a Moke with the Ambassador and called it the Trekker. The Trekker had a different fire wall, front fenders and a different grille. The rest including the steering column, the instrument cluster, the floor pan were all nothing but the Ambassador without the body. In fact, HM ingeniously made brackets in the side of the car to push iron rods and make a soft roof. It did well, since it had all the space of the ambassador and more thanks to there being no doors and a really flimsy cloth roof. And the rearmost passengers sat on panels that covered the wheel wells and the new body parts (straight panels) with two doors at the rear part made up the Trekker.
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Old 25th May 2015, 17:39   #92
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Came across this thread as had nothing to do being a bank holiday here in UK today , didn't even knew the vehicles name as I was really young when I was shipped to school along with my cousins on a daily basis courtesy uncle's ride provided by the government of AP , got excited as soon as I saw this thread , can remember that the ride was smooth and was easy to get in and out even as very young kids , might have been an ugly vehicle but has some beautiful childhood memories associated with this vehicle , for me it definitely holds a special place in my heart .
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Spotted yesterday night. Belongs to a book house here.

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Saw several Trekkers at Parappanangady neat Kozhikode, couple of weeks back.
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Hindustan Trekkers sighted during my recent trip to Kerala. These were sighted doing their duties on the Thiruvanantapuram - Kanyakumari highway.

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The thing is not very extinct in kerala and its neighbouring states. The erstwhile hm dealer of Trivandrum still has one doing errands for its current employees. May be regional preferences matter to vehicles too. I have rarely seen a hanseat in these places .'Trekker' sounds awesome for a name of an automobile even though the actual vehicle was only a bare bones people mover with limited trekking capabilities.
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I was born in a small town in Bihar, called Jamalpur and the district headquarters were situated at Munger which was like 7-8 kms from my town.

I still remember as a kid we used to travel in these trekkers between Jamalpur and Munger with prices starting at Rs. 5 for a seat and the last I remember, we used to pay Rs. 10 for a seat.

Super reliable, with enough scope for abuse and a liking for bad roads made this very popular in those times. Haven't been back to my hometown in last 5 years but I hope these will still be running there hopefully.

Sadly don't have any pictures but this thread surely made me remember my childhood.
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Quite many surviving in Odisha as well. Spotted 6-7 over a period of two days. Here's one, near Puri.

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