Communist wheels

Spotted in the ‘Kilf’ car park yesterday, a pimped Trabbi!

The Trabant was produced in the millions as the motorised opiate for East Germans and what a car it was – fifteen year waiting list, 19 Kw 600cc two-stroke engine, 21 seconds 0-100 km/h, nine times hydrocarbon & five times CO2 of average European car in 2007 BUT the first car made from recycled materials!

The Trabant was the second car to use Duroplast [a form of plastic containing resin strengthened by wool or cotton], after the “pre-Trabant” P70 (Zwickau) model (1954–1959). The duroplast was made of recycled material, cotton waste from Soviet Union and phenol resins from the East German dye industry, making the Trabant the first car with a body made of recycled material.

This wasn’t an especially great custom job but it was nice to see evidence of it happening. I’m certain that the restoration and pimping of cars such as this or the Maluch will just get more and more popular.

Here’s a shot of a Trabant in its original form – this one in “hot sand” colour!

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