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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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A while back I showed you an East German Trabant, which was a rival to the Yugo I showed you yesterday for the title “Worst Car of the Second Half of the 20th Century.” The day I spotted that Trabant outside of a Town of Niagara garage, there were actually two of them — and here’s the other one. This is the fairly rare (only built from 1990-91) Trabant 1.1, somewhat misleadingly named for its 1043 cc VW engine (yes, the Commies actually made a deal with VW for engines), and by the time the car went into production (with a modified grille and suspension) East and West Germany had already finalized unification plans. There was certainly no need for the Trabant in a reunified Germany, so production ended in 1991 and the Trabbi factory was sold to VW. From the H on the back, it looks like this 1.1 was imported from Hungary. Read a short history of the Trabant here.

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 — Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…


  • MaxPlanck

    It has all of the appeal of – but none of the service longevity – a major appliance.