Sep 22 2009

Please rescue this Trabi!

cropped A Trabant 601 which in the past has been pushed into a high flowing river, possibly by thugs (or a disgruntled owner) and because these cars are mostly made from Duraplast it has been carried down river and finally coming to a stop against two old wooden pillars where it has sat ever since. The car has since been vandalised, it has had its windows smashed and various parts have been taken, its even been sitting that long you can see the water mark on the sides of the car as the river has been rising and falling and the front wheels have sunk into the mud. There are even spider webs on the rear and passenger window and an old log which is trapped against the passenger side…

More details here

Thanks to ‘aardvark64′ on the IFA Club forum for the heads up! ;)

Sep 21 2009

Ebay spotting

This grey 1967 601S


Link to ebay auction

Sep 17 2009

Electric Trabant nT Breaks Cover

FRANKFURT — The electric Trabant is having its 15 minutes of fame at the Frankfurt auto show. What happens next is anybody’s guess.

The Trabant was a symbol of East German industrial failings for more than three decades before production of the car ceased nearly 20 years ago. Now two German companies are taking the next step toward finding investors and builders for a battery-powered Trabant nT.


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Sep 17 2009

Bonneville or Bust

My good chums over at Bonneville or Bust, who are racing a VW Bug in the 36hp class, the ultimate exercise in peasant tuning, have just reported that a major step towards racing on Utah’s fabled salt flats has been overcome, they passed tech inspection!

Paul Cullen writes:

” just had a phone call from Bonneville!!!!


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Sep 15 2009

Marcin’s low Trabant

Following on from my earlier post (here) of the article in Retro Cars of Marcin Wojsa’s Trabant, here is a YouTube video of the car ‘in action’

This video was embedded using the YouTuber plugin by Roy Tanck. Adobe Flash Player is required to view the video.

The article in Retro Cars mentions his videos at Vimeo as well, but I foolishly assumed that they were the same videos… thanks to  eljot87 for pointing out that they aren’t… an they are better videos as well!

View on Vimeo.

More of the car can be found on Marcin’s YouTube Channel and on the MaximViD vimeo channel. We salute you!!

Sep 15 2009

Ebay Spotting…

Listed as an ‘87 601S Kombi, the owner has done alot of work to this car according to the listing:

  • Trabant 601s Kombi 1987
  • Mot untill june 2010
  • Taxed till December 2009
  • Engine overhauled, New crankshaft, con rods, pistons,cylinders. Many new parts to mention.
  • Resprayed blue pearlescent.
  • New vinyl cream interior.
  • Underneath of fully welded and undersealed the rest Wax oiled.
  • FORCED to sell because partner thinks its a monstrosity and wants it off the drive. Its the car or me.
  • Spent over £1600 renovating the car and would like to recoup as much as possible.


Click for ebay auction

Its a shame about the ‘FORCED’ to sell part… luckily I have an understanding wife. She moans about the car, but I haven’t been forced to sell it just yet ;)

Sep 13 2009

Trabi article in Retro Cars