EXCERSIZES IN WORTHLESSNESS: CELEBRATING THE CAR THAT GAVE CENTRAL-PLANNING A BLACK EYE


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“ICH BIN JUNK!”  This is the car that gave Communism a bad name.

Powered by a two-stroke pollution generator that maxed out at an ear-splitting 18 hp, the Trabant was a hollow lie of a car constructed of recycled worthlessness

(actually, the body was made of a fiberglass-like Duroplast, reinforced with recycled fibers like cotton and wood).

A virtual antique when it was designed in the 1950s, the Trabant was East Germany’s answer to the VW Beetle — a “people’s car,” as if the people didn’t have enough to worry about.

Trabants smoked like an Iraqi oil fire, when they ran at all, and often lacked even the most basic of amenities, like brake lights or turn signals.

 But history has been kind to the Trabi. Thousands of East Germans drove their Trabants over the border when the Wall fell, which made it a kind of automotive liberator. Once across the border, the none-too-sentimental Ostdeutschlanders immediately abandoned their cars. Ich bin Junk!

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658533_1658030,00.html #ixzz1vhrxdtDI

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One Response to EXCERSIZES IN WORTHLESSNESS: CELEBRATING THE CAR THAT GAVE CENTRAL-PLANNING A BLACK EYE

  1. You’ve just gotta LOVE this epic POS. There are still Trabant carcasses rusting in fields and gullys near the former east german border, abandoned by east germans “fleeing” to a better life (at the blistering top speed of 18mph) when the wall fell.

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