Instantly recognisable, its aerodynamic streamlining captured the spirit of the 'space age' and conjured up dreams of riding a rocket to the stars. For Czechoslovaks, the distinctive rounded front inspired the affectionate nickname of 'The Pig'.
Everyone was charmed by its looks and his Čezeta was a hit all over the Soviet world during the time of the cold war. Being deemed too technologically advanced to export to the western world they remained rare in other countries outside the Soviet bloc - apart from New Zealand which was a favourite destination of the communist elite families and was granted an exception to build the so-called 'NZeta'.
Fast forward to today and Čezeta continues now as a start-up motorcycle manufacturer with its factory in the former Wikov factory in Prostějov. British tech entrepreneur Neil Eamonn Smith is the current CEO and his new Čezeta model - the Type 506 - was launched in 2017 as the Czech Republic's first electric vehicle. The Czech's beloved pig; smarter, cleaner and leaner than ever.
Jaroslav František Koch
Neil Eamonn Smith