laugh all you want but that's one resilient piece of engineering right there.
That's actually a historical car on an many engineering standpoint.
First composite material (sort of a plastic+cotton mix).
and I forget a number of mechanical firsts too. That car's design, a task refused by the state, was actually done part time and clandestinely by the engineers because they knew they could do something truly unique, new and durable. They won. There are Traban clubs all over the world. It's become sort of a cult.
There was a whole TV special made recently about them.
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That car looked out of control even just sitting still, about to flip over or spin or something.
|Frank Rizzo |
I want one
|Timothy A. Bear |
No cars for sale to the general public strong enough to plow through wet cement.
Directed by Wes Anderson.
A German teacher of mine bought a Trabbie as a young lass after reunification because they were so cheap and she didn't care what happened to it. She said she once saw group of guys pick one up and throw it into a dumpster.
A German friend of mine says sometimes people in W. Berlin would get drunk and go into E. Berlin and go Trabant-tipping...like, 4-5 drunken idiots would have no problem lifting one of them up and flipping it over.
|Rabid Vegan |
This is not a joke: one of the most common ways to fix a stuttering engine was to poor a bottle of east-german cola over the block. And it worked.
Like you really have to advertise a car that has a 3 year waiting list. Plus it's the only car you can buy.
the state had to provide jobs for commericals actors and voiceover people somehow
That's not true. Other Eastern bloc cars were available (Skoda, Lada, Dacia, Polonez).
The Skoda is a very well made car. I rode all over Bohemia in a Skoda. They are great.
Also the standard waiting list for a new Trabant throughout the bloc was more like 15 years.
I meant waiting period.
Put your foot down on the pedal and feel the power of the Trabant!
Put. Put-put-put. Put-put.
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