- Photographed in August 2018 at Gosford Classic Cars, NSW, Australia

1981 Trabant 601

27w ago


Trabant translates from German to "Satellite" or "Companion" and was (supposedly) inspired by the Soviet Sputnik satellite.

Commonly referred to as the "Trabi" they were produced in East Germany virtually unchanged for almost 30 years!

Nearly 3 Million were built, making them the most popular East German car ever.

Prospective East German buyers had to endure being placed on a waiting list for years - the length of the wait depending on their proximity to Berlin!

Built on a steel unibody frame, the Trabi had roof, fenders, boot and doors constructed of Duroplast - a hard plastic made from recycled cotton waste from the Soviet Union!

To be completely frank, I'm not rushing to put this in my Garage as a Dream Car :)