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Old 25th October 2009, 15:31   #3301
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Old 26th October 2009, 01:21   #3302
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Default ID:696; 1966-1973 Motor Holdings Trekka

ID:696 is a 1966-1973 Motor Holdings Trekka. It was made in New-Zealand powered by Škoda mechanicals.

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The MH Trekka was manufactured between 1966 and 1973 -- the only vehicle designed and manufactured in New Zealand to ever enter commercial production albeit for a short span. It was made in van and truck form.

The bodies were made of steel and were fitted with canvas or fibreglass canopies, not unlike our old Mahindra Jeeps.

It is not a 4x4. Just a fancy two-wheel-drive station wagon like our Qualis.

The power train of the Trekka came from Škoda Octavias.

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The Octavia engine and gearbox, originally intended for a rear-engine, rear wheel drive Octavia were placed at the front. The engine drove the rear wheels, independently suspended with swinging half-axles, like a Standard Herald.

This curious arrangement had the additional complication of an inverted gear linkage. 4th gear was where 1st should be and vice versa.


New Zealand government policy emphasised employment.
Back when NZ made Trekkas, unemployment was 0%.

Once the New Zealand government lifted the high import duties on foreign automobiles, even NZ rural and construction sectors could afford better! The local Trekka industry buckled and collapsed under the onslaught of competition from cheap imports.

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Old 26th October 2009, 02:10   #3303
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Spot on Ram Sir! i thought many would confuse this with other things.
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Old 26th October 2009, 10:49   #3304
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Exactly SirAlec...i too was confused, started thinking land rover based vehicles...

ID:697 Guess this car...
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Old 26th October 2009, 15:44   #3305
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ID:697 is a Shanghai58 manufactured between 1958 and 1963 in China. It was the country's first cross country vehicle. Any more Chinese surprises, agspins?
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Old 26th October 2009, 16:46   #3306
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Our very own Hindustan added an R to the name and created a similar looking vehicle called the Trekkar.
Ingenious use of deceptively similar names

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Our very own Hindustan added an R to the name and created a similar looking vehicle called the Trekkar.
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Hindustan motors had come out with a similar looking vehicle called Trekkar. Ingenious use of deceptively similar names
By the way, that is Trekker not Trekkar!

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Team-BHP Newbie Bertoko of Bilbao, España
had encountered a Hindustan Trekker at Udaipur last summer and photographed it.

Here it is in all its crudeness and clumsiness -- a breadbox on Ambassador mechanicals.






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Old 26th October 2009, 19:16   #3308
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Default Another mediocre Trekker

Winnebago is a Forest City, Iowa, USA based manufacturer of motorhome RVs. Among other things, they made a fiberglass cap for the pickup bed of the 1981 Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup truck.

This combination was sold by Winnebago as the 1981 Winnebago Trekker
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Another lacklustre mediocre crate that was plagued by recalls.

Eventually Toyota made one all by themselves and called it the Toyota 4Runner.

OK so it has High-lifted suspension and chrome wheels. Your vertebrae will still have repetitive stress injury, if driven briskly over rugged terrain.

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Yes double mac it is.....
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Old 27th October 2009, 20:14   #3310
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Winnebago is a Forest City, Iowa, USA based manufacturer of motorhome RVs. Among other things, they made a fiberglass cap for the pickup bed of the 1981 Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup truck.

This combination was sold by Winnebago as the 1981 Winnebago Trekker
and by Toyota as the 1981 Toyota Trekker.
Ram SIr! isn't Winnebago also most sought after RV maker.
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ID:698 This was a surprise to me . and there's only 1 site that talks about this vehicle.

Guess the make and the country of manufacture . it's easy enough but with a twist.

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Old 27th October 2009, 22:46   #3312
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ID:698 This was a surprise to me ... and there's only 1 site that talks about this vehicle.

Guess the make and the country of manufacture ... it's easy enough ... but with a twist.

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I am going to go with Bajaj-Tempo India. A very early short-wheelbase TRAX model. The early models rusted a lot and this looks like one intended for the UK market.
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Old 27th October 2009, 23:57   #3313
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Even i would go with Ram sir, it very much looks like a early Trax swb, but those square headlamps making me believe its a trax with some other name or something like that...
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Default ...about RVs and Motorhomes

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Ram SIr! isn't Winnebago also most sought after RV maker.
You are right SirAlec. Winnebago is the nearly eponymous "motor home" in the USA.

It used to be, that the quintessential American was a nomad -- a traveller, right from the days when the first European settlers traveled across the continental United States in 1848 in search of gold and better prospects, westwards to California, Oregon and Washington, some stopping and settling for a while on the way.
Progressing from horseback and Conestoga wagon thru the great steam-engine hauled trains, to the late 1950s birth of America's wonderful Interstate freeway system and V8 powered cars and pickup trucks, Americans have migrated and moved.

Small wonder then, they invented the motor home.
That curiosity that some of our friends back home saw for the first time in movies like Swades(2004).

Winnebago Industries is fifty-one years old. They have made some great products and had their fair share of lackluster ones like the recall plagued Trekker pickup cap.

Here is a 1967 Winnebago Brave in Independence Day 4 (1996).

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The latest Winnebago Tour has a Volvo B7R sized 39' 8" body.
It is powered by a 400 bhp 8.9 litre Cummins diesel, through an Allison 6-speed electronic transmission.

Among its creature comforts are a 37-inch LCD TV with home theater, satellite dish antenna, 8kW diesel genset and a 2kW inverter and 380 litre water tank.


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Closer to home, this is not a Winnebago, but still representative of
the travel-with-all-my-things freedom portrayed by the type.

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In the movie Swades(2004), the NRI techie Mohan, (played by Shahrukh Khan) chooses to drive to his rural childhood home in a rented motorhome, so he can have his own AC power for powering his laptop, mobile phone and creature comforts like airconditioning and stereo, throughout his stay.
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ID:698 This was a surprise to me ... and there's only 1 site that talks about this vehicle.

Guess the make and the country of manufacture ... it's easy enough ... but with a twist.

Cheers,

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Australian RTV? Makers of our postal vehicles a lah HM?
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