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Toyota Trekkers



Controversy as well as looks !



2 Very different stories surround the Trekker History 


First ... and so the story goes ....A small SUV in North America  .. a proto-type to the Now legendary 4Runner . In 1979 - 1980 the Trekker is conceived by Mr.Tohasheau. With more R & D  commanded , several Ideas are conceived by different engineers , and a plan put into place . ?  would build a special Wolverine edition , Griffith would build a Trailblazer edition , and Winnebago would build the Trekker . With the Trekker being the best design , in Toyota's eyes , Winnebago would get the go ahead .. some local dealers would , over the years try take credit for the Trekker , but it was a TOYOTA design .

Winnebago started production in the late /80's  with the "farming" out of the original fiberglass rear pieces to another company , and assembling the trekker "in house" . Toyota sent the trucks in as a "incomplete" truck to Winnebago , with NO specific serial # series . Winnebago is not to forth coming with any information on the Trekkers as far as #'s go .. but as typically known .. 1500 were Produced .. 200 went overseas (to various countries) 500  went to Canada , with western Canada receiving most .. and 800 stayed in the USA , distributed to dealers whom ordered , (most stayed on the west coast) 


Second ....

The Trekker, was an early collaboration between Toyota and Winnebago to create what can only be described as the precursor to the 4Runner.  At the time of it's conception (approximately 1980), Toyota was no longer shipping the Land Cruiser to the US due to fuel mileage ratings.

Jack Safro ,who now owns Jack Safro Toyota in Brookfield, Wisconsin came up with the idea of the Trekker.  He approached Winnebago, and they in collaboration with Toyota, approved of the concept, and started on the design options.  Several vehicles were produced for crash testing. Once approved, production began.

The Trekker was produced in 1981 and 1982, and a limited amount were also produced in 1983.  The Trekkers were produced in both 4x4 and 4x2 models.  The total production of the Trekker was around 1200. Most were shipped out west, with Colorado being the biggest receiver.  Limited amounts were sent east.  Roughly 20 of these Trekkers were also sold to Saudi Arabia. (from http://www.toyotaoffroad.com/Articles/Toyota/Trekker/Trekker.htm )



although , we'll probably never know the exact origins of the trekker , as sadly ,  Jack Safro passed away in 2009 .. and most employees and staff whom , were either involved , or worked at dealerships at that time , have now  either moved on or retired  ...




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