I visited the August Horch Museum in Zwickau (in the old Trabant factory) last month and all manner of small and mainly two stroke wonders were to be seen.

Like this evidence that despite all evidence to the contrary design of potential new models was carried on, prototypes were produced and rejected because no money and they could sell every car they made.

Military Trabis.

Trabis on holiday.

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Don’t have a lift? Want to work under your Trabi? No problem.

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Need some tools? This lot would cover most jobs. Large hammer not shown.

A bit dodgy in the left leg? No problem. The Hycomat Kupplungsautomat had you covered.

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As is commonly known, Trabis were made of a kind of ersatz fibreglass called Duroplast. Except they weren’t, or not entirely. Just the red bits.

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Here it is at the beginning of the process with cotton waste ready for impregnating with a concoction made from chemical waste. Waste not, want not. VEB Sachsenring didn’t make many visible changes to the last generation of Trabi but they were quite inventive in automating production and had of necessity to design their own tooling.

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And then it all ended.

Oh, and there’s a restaurant. Yes, of course they do Currywurst.