1989 Trabant 601 S 600cc two-stroke from UK and Ireland
Makes you love it, I would kill anyone who ever hurt it...
Running restoration, so varied works required.
Simple, easy welding repairs x2.
Replaced ignition coils, battery and spark plugs.
Makes you wonder why other cars have so much stuff in them; this is like owning a steady reliable wee pony.
Anything can be fixed quickly and cheaply, and it will always put a smile on your face. The steering/handling is Mini-like, but with less power.
Great classic, particularly a great first classic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2014
13th May 2014, 07:38
What is "classic" about it?
13th May 2014, 15:34
What is classic about it? Read up on the history of the car and how long it existed for, so you know why the reviewer feels that way.
23rd Nov 2018, 01:14
Quite familiar with the history of this car. It was the only car available to those who obtained one, and they felt fortunate to have it only because it was (barely) better than nothing.
It is hard to imagine why anyone would pay any amount for one now, let alone how it could inspire anything close to the feeling expressed in the title of this review!
24th Nov 2018, 07:21
Firstly, owning a car like a Trabant is something you either "get" or you don't. As a former Wartburg and Lada owner, I very much "get" what the original poster felt about his car.
Secondly, the Trabant was far from the only car available in the GDR, but it was easier and cheaper to get hold of than other options. Just take a look at photos from the GDR in the 1980s to see the range of cars available (many imported from all over the communist world) - Skoda 100s and 110s, Wartburg, Lada, Dacia, Moskvich, Polski Fiat 125s and 126s, FSO, Barkas vans, even the odd Oltcit.
27th Nov 2018, 12:45
Trabants don't rust... they rot.
1st Dec 2018, 17:51
Well the floor panels and the sills can definitely rust, as can the fuel tank! Had to do all 3 of those on my friend's restoration job.