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Go, Trabi go...

By brownsilent
My second trip into the world of cars, shows you something unique regarding everything on four wheels.
The Jaguar is well known, not even to the freaks - but is the Trabant also known? Well, I doubt that. That's why I thought some information would be welcome.
Unfortunately I didn't find anything in English about this car - hence no real technical info, as my vocabulary is not good enough to talk about valves, exhausts, bodywork etc.

During the time, when we had two German countries, the eastern part built only two types of cars: the bigger Wartburg and the smaller Trabant (The Estern Duroplast Volkswagen Smile as it was also called). The Trabant grew into the most wanted car, but not many were lucky enough to get one. Often there had been waiting times of 15 years till "normal" citizens could by one.
In the period from 1957 till 1991 six types were produced in a total of exactly 3,051,485 cars.
The latest "democratic" type, the 601 and the only one built after the reconciliation, the 1.1, had both been subject to often told jokes.
Here a sample:

What did 601 mean, why this type name? - 600 people wanted it, but another one got it.

Why was the only one built after the reconciliation named 1.1? Because it was to be the one and only.

Hope you enjoyed my excursion into the world of a very "male" subject. I'll be back to my own self tomorrow, if possible. We are going to have visitors over the weekend, thus it could easily be, that I won't be online.

Have a great weekend


Tags: Photo journalism Car General Oldtimer Trabant

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riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
21 Sep 2007 8:33AM
a Trabant Smile got to see a few of these in Bulgaria recently, wonderful
User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 8:38AM
I like it, unusual shot.
MandsH 14 England
21 Sep 2007 8:39AM
Good capture - like the shot
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
21 Sep 2007 8:42AM
Little and large.I like it Johanna.
Chrism8 14 971 28 England
21 Sep 2007 8:59AM
Hi Johanna, like this a lot, good DOF and especially how you've framed the shot.

derekv 13 3 England
21 Sep 2007 9:00AM
Great info, great idea well taken.
21 Sep 2007 9:02AM
Very nicely done Johanna, the shallow dof works a treat with the framing, fine work, Adrian
21 Sep 2007 9:12AM
Smelliest car ever made I would think is the first impression, although this one looks very benign sitting here.
Fiendishly unreliable unlike VW's, there's a big difference in Germany these day's, the East get VW's and the West Get Carl Zeiss optics, what a swap?

All the very best

Have a great weekend whatever you do Johanna.
Possum 14 148 England
21 Sep 2007 9:19AM
Great shot, Good DoF and lovely reflections. Have a great weekend!
Barbaraj 14 450 England
21 Sep 2007 9:21AM
When the wall came down these were prolific on the news. Like the angle of shot.
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 9:28AM

Quote: there's a big difference in Germany these day's, the East get VW's and the West Get Carl Zeiss optics, what a swap?

Yes Dougie, you are right and I am very grateful for this!
First of all, we are a nation, and even if it is not easy to extinguish the difference in thinking different social upbringing caused, I hope some day we will grow again into a real single nation, without envy and grudge between east and west and that these two terms will only be used in geographical way.
imander 13 388 7 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 9:32AM
excellent shot
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
21 Sep 2007 9:36AM
Fine shot Johanna.
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
21 Sep 2007 10:10AM
A wonderful capture Johanna, & love how you included all the models as well.
Fantastic information thank you so much.
Hope you have a great weekend whatever you end up doing.
21 Sep 2007 10:17AM
Nice shot of the Trabant. Great fun to see it in a museum.
In 1991, I had a little trip in "ehemalige DDR" with a friend near Leipzig. Quite an uncomfortable ride I must say. He now drives a Volvo! Quite a change!
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 10:21AM

Quote:Quite a change!

Yes Jean Noel, but we should never forget, it is 18 years since the wall came down and 17 since the reconciliation. Germany was divided for 45 years, and that seemed to be an eternity. A baby born November 1989 is making his/her driving licence now!
Nettles 13 England
21 Sep 2007 11:34AM
Really good shot Johanna, the little and large combination is fun.
Nice one. Annette
21 Sep 2007 2:10PM
informative and interesting...different!
21 Sep 2007 2:37PM
Thanks for the lesson, as I have never heard of this at all, and my husband as well. I like the photo very much.
Goggz 14 2.3k 72 Wales
21 Sep 2007 6:24PM
Hehe, we have one a few miles down the road, but it's derelict...

Nice pic Johanna!
MalcolmS Plus
15 1.2k 13 England
21 Sep 2007 6:52PM
My mother-in-law died just before the wall came down, she was a wonderful lady and my wife and I at the time reckon she had something to do with it. Now divorced, I still remember her every time the wall is mentioned.

You'd be amazed how well known the Trabant is in England Hanni

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 7:38PM
brilliant shot and explanation.. my first thought was awww it had babies lol
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
21 Sep 2007 8:54PM
Well, I have heard of Jaguars, and the Volkswagon-- Our neighbors drive mathcing Jettas-- LOL! Well, most of them drive horses--

but I learned today about the Trabant-- Never saw one, Looks like a fine means of transport--
Fun Johanna!

robincoombes 13 1 5 Wales
21 Sep 2007 9:21PM
Nicely done and different

cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 10:07PM
wonderful shot with good info
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
21 Sep 2007 10:15PM
Well spotted - I love the toy cars on the bonnet. All the best. Bruce
21 Sep 2007 11:34PM
wonderful capture Johanna. Great composure.

Dee Smile
22 Sep 2007 2:35AM
Wonderfully arranged shot Johanna! Unusual but creative!

paulb20 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2007 8:18AM
Excellent dof & an interesting write-up.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
22 Sep 2007 12:13PM
wonderful description Johanna, no end to your talents Smile
imagio 14 12 1 England
23 Sep 2007 9:04AM
Excellent work Johanna, like the story attached to this too.

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2007 9:05AM
nice one Jo, well thought out
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2007 10:44AM
My son would have loved this event..... this is a nice pic with a 'cars within a car' feel...Smile .... love the detail and the glass matt framing finishes the image off perfectly... well done. Karen Smile
sandrish 17 36 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2007 3:05PM
Beautiful image, well composed and presented. Interesting information as well.

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
24 Sep 2007 4:38AM
Didn't I read somewhere recently that they're going to start producing the Trabant again, I get the impression it's become some kind of 'cult' thing. Like your shot and the model cars...but why the stars and stripes? (Still don't like the frame!)
Rgds., Jim
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 1:29PM
Our daughter came back from studying in Jena with a toy Trabi and a heap of Trabi jokes. They're remarkably similar to Reliant Robin jokes...
danbrann 16 640 17
24 Sep 2007 7:44PM
a good picture Johanna and a wonderful history lesson. Thank you.
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 8:10AM
Ah, yes, Johanna, Mr R jumped up and down whenever we saw these on our visit to Berlin earlier this year! I did offer to buy him a toy oneSmile
woolybill1 Plus
14 36 76 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 12:42PM
I have a radio-sontrolled one! And it's the same colour as this one! And it works! And it makes a real Trabbi noise!
Lovely, Johanna.
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
26 Sep 2007 6:26PM
very nice work

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