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Trabant in Leipziger Straße, Berlin / Photo, 1989
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A “Trabant” parked in Leipziger Straße, Berlin (GDR).

Photo, 1989 (Hans-Martin Sewcz).
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7th November 2022 - 65th anniversary.

Trabant, automobile produced from 1957 to 1990 by former East German car manufacturer VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau.
The Trabant had a duroplast body mounted on a one-piece steel chassis (a so-called unibody), front-wheel drive, a transverse engine, and independent suspension – unusual features at that time (1950s) — but it remained the same up until the 1990s. The 1980s model had no tachometer, no indicator for either the headlights or turn signals, no fuel gauge, no rear seat belts, and no external fuel door, and drivers had to pour a mix of gasoline and oil directly under the bonnet/hood.

Called "a spark plug with a roof", or "racing cardboard" a variety of models were produced over nearly three decades with few significant changes in their basic design. Older models have been sought by collectors in the United States due to their low cost and fewer restrictions on the importation of antique cars. The Trabant also gained a following among car tuning and rally racing enthusiasts.
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