Here's What Happened When We Hosted A Car Meet In Budapest

Jalopnik's first European car meetup got Mr. Okulski behind the wheel of a heavily tuned Lotus Omega and Mr. Hardigree behind the wheel of a ZAZ, of all things. Here's all the action on video straight from the heart of Budapest. » 1/15/15 10:04am 1/15/15 10:04am

When The Communists Invaded New York City

It's not often you see a Dacia, a Trabant and a Lada together in NYC, but when it happens, it's more surprising than spotting Raph with his Baja doing the Manhattan loop. » 10/28/14 11:50am 10/28/14 11:50am

These Were Your Car Options In Hungary During The Soviet Era

Here's the official Hungarian car catalogue from 1974 issued by the state-owned Merkur Company, your one and only choice. If anything, it proves that when the Russians take over your country, you're screwed. » 3/17/14 5:30pm 3/17/14 5:30pm

A Few Words on Communist Cars

You paid your advance to the official national dealer. You even slipped extra bills in there to get you a bit more forward on the waiting list and to make sure you are getting the make, type and colour of car you asked for. All you have to do now is to wait for five years. » 11/30/13 2:04pm 11/30/13 2:04pm

The Commies Were Serious About Selling Trabants To The West

In the summer of 2011, I was having a breakfast with my English friends at a posh restaurant on the bank of the Danube, and we started an argument about cars. That wasn't surprising, since after finishing our coffees, we were about to go on short road trip to Etyek, a wine region not far from Budapest. Two cars were… » 1/21/13 12:00pm 1/21/13 12:00pm

Show Us The Weirdest And Best Communist Sports Cars

For some reason, the commies weren't really into sports cars. Maybe driving for something other than to transport political prisoners around seemed like a waste of precious resources. No matter, this didn't stop the engineers of the nationalized factories from creating beautiful machines from the bits and pieces they… » 12/12/12 3:00pm 12/12/12 3:00pm

When Trabants Were Like Ferraris

Think cars and waiting lists and what comes to mind is the months ticking away after the down payment on a 458 Italia—or Horacio Pagani’s little black book. But for communist Eastern Europe’s motoring not-quite-masses, waiting list meant waiting and waiting for your apportioned Trabi. And waiting. But if you didn’t… » 4/11/12 2:30pm 4/11/12 2:30pm

Hungarian photographer documents supercars under Communism

The golden age of supercars were heady days in the West, where there were actual people who could comprehend and buy them. But what was it like to look at the Ferrari 512 and the Lamborghini Countach in a world of planned economies and Trabant futures? An ongoing project explores the automotive dreams of Communist… » 9/30/11 4:00pm 9/30/11 4:00pm

Tour Berlin In A Technicolor Rainbow Of Trabants

Clever German capitalists have repurposed the Trabant, the tiny German symbol of Eastern Block socialism, as a kitschy vehicle for Berlin's tourists. Mega-gallery of Trabi limos, convertibles, and coupes in colors the Stasi would never allow below the jump. » 8/28/09 11:00am 8/28/09 11:00am