Nov 19, 2010

1975 Trabant -- worst car ever built?

The 1975 Trabant ranked number 27 in Time Magazines 50 Worst Cars of All Time list.

It was powered by a two-stroke, 18 hp pollution generator.

Time Magazine said 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)."
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.

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!

Maybe the Trabant was best utilized as a horse drawn cart as shown in the second photo above.