When you read that headline up there about a bunch of snails destroying an old Trabant, I’m sure most of you were thinking “In drag race, right?” but that’s actually not the case. They actually used their gross slimy trails to out-and-out literally wreck the poor Trabi.
If you know about a two-stroke Trabant that’s daily-driven more far out than where I found this one, please prove me wrong. But for now, this mustard yellow wonder is claiming the title for The Most Remote Trabant On Earth.
I’m usually wary when Hollywood tries to reboot old spy shows (thanks for ruining my dreams, Get Smart), but The Man From U.N.C.L.E. looks SO. GOOD. And if you like cars, this might be your favorite movie of the summer:
I'm not an expert on composites, but the way I see it, Duroplast was a smarter choice than fiberglass, yet Trabants were the only cars made out of this cotton-based plastic while fiberglass went widestream with the Corvette.
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.
If there's one car that epitomizes everything that's great about rally, it is the Trabant. I say this not in spite of the fact that East Germany's pinko commie plastic prank upon the automotive world was noisy, slow and cramped, but because of it. The Trabant is the world's greatest rally car.
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.
Can a Trabant be faster than a BMW E30 M3? Theoretically, no. Technically, yes.
But it certainly can happen. Rarely, for sure, but it can.
Think about it! A luxurious family car with a 3.0 V6 diesel that pulls like a locomotive, and a classic race car from communist Germany to keep you entertained on the weekends. A match made in heaven.
The rallying Trabant is real, but the guy yelling "FIRE!" is just part of the soundtrack. So be ready.
Since finding the perfect all rounder is almost impossible, you need one car for the family, and one for fun. A daily driver and a classic, or a minivan plus a Miata, whatever. But as a third member of the garage, just get a Trabant.
When it comes to the question of tuning communist cars, creativity quickly becomes the most important quality of the engineering team. Even it that only consists of a few buddies with hammers and beers in their hands. Sure, you can always bring a classic Lada's engine up to 160+ horses with a limited slip…
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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…
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…
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…
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…
Now here’s some parallel parking with a heavy political vibe. A Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, rendered gray and graceless by the German tuning company Hamann, parked on the East Berlin side of Checkpoint Charlie, the famous fortified hole which used to connect the two sides of Berlin across the Wall. Things have certainly…
It’s the easiest mod ever. All you need is a white Trabi and a black BMW grille, and your touching tribute to German unification is ready to roll.