YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:01 am, October 11, 2012
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.