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A part of Hungarian history: the Trabant
17-NOV-2012

A part of Hungarian history: the Trabant

This car was just inside the gate of the memorial park. The sign on the window said it took between six and eight years to receive a Trabant that had been ordered from East Germany.

"The Trabant (or Trabi) was a series of cars built in the German Democratic Republic. When the first cars were released, people saw them as being innovative. The cars were also easy on fuel, they did not need much fuel. Trabant had a two-stroke engine. Trabants were not made with steel or iron, because the German Democratic Republic did not want to import steel and iron for the cars, because that would have been too expensive. Instead, the Trabant was made of Duroplast, a special kind of plastic, made by mixing formica and bakelite, and made stronger with fibres of cotton. After the Berlin Wall was opened the Trabant did not sell as much as before, because the people wanted bigger cars that they could get after the wall was opened. Trabants can still be found in East Europe, for example in Hungary.

"The Trabant was a small car, good for driving in the city. Because it was made of plastic it was not very safe in a crash, and the two-stroke engine created lots of air pollution. Between 1957 and 1990, about 3 million Trabants were built. As of January 2005, about 67.000 such cars were still registered."

(from Wikipedia)

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Dan Greenberg16-Dec-2012 16:19
Great photo and a very enlightening and interesting story to go with it. ~BV~
Zoltán Balogh24-Nov-2012 12:58
The world has changed and Trabants have been replaced by Suzukis in my country. You can still see some on the roads, though. Great capture Helen! V
fotabug24-Nov-2012 01:24
Very interesting! Could there be any of them still running around?
Graeme24-Nov-2012 00:53
Fascinating story of this little Trabant car, Helen and a gem of a find too!!BV
Chris Morton23-Nov-2012 22:32
I certainly remember them from when driving through Germany in the late 90s, but was more worried about the large mercs breathing down one's neck and leading a convoy down an autobahn being rebuilt with about 10mm left outside the wing mirrors
marie-jose wolff23-Nov-2012 21:52
a "trabant" car, very nice vestige of the past! V