Friday, April 23, 2010

Trabant 601 de Luxe ...

... Trabant 601 de Luxe - produced 1963-1991 ...

... Since it could take years (usual waiting time 15 years)
for a Trabant to be delivered from the time it was ordered,
people who finally got one were very careful with it and
usually became skillful in maintaining and repairing it...


... The lifespan of an average Trabant was 28 years.
Used Trabants would often fetch a higher price than
new ones, as the former were available immediately,
while the latter required the infamous long wait...


... The main selling point was that it had room for four
adults and luggage in a compact, light and durable shell.
With its mediocre performance, smoky two-stroke engine,
and production shortages, the Trabant is often cited as
an example of the disadvantages of centralized planning;
on the other hand, it is regarded with derisive affection
as a symbol of the failed former East Germany and of
the fall of communism (in former West Germany, as
many East Germans streamed into West Berlin and
West Germany in their Trabants after the opening
of the Berlin Wall in 1989). It was in production
without any significant changes for nearly 30 years
with 3,096,099 Trabants produced in total ....


... the
Trabant 601 de Luxe ... (EN)
(with optional equipment including rear and front
fog lamps, rear white light and an additional odometer)

Trabant ... (EN)
... some more info on Trabant in general ...

Numerous Trabi jokes, however,
have survived to this day.

How do you double the value of a Trabant?
Fill up its gas tank.
Why does the Trabi have a heated rear window?
It keeps your hands warm while you push it.
source: dw-deutsche welle

Germans still love to poke fun at the decrepit
Communist system that made the old model.
"A Trabant customer is informed by phone
in June 1980 that his Trabant will be ready
to be picked up on June 1 1990.
“In the morning or afternoon?” asks the man.
“It’s ten years away!” said the salesman.
“I know,” said the customer. “Only I’ve got
the plumber coming in the morning.”