16th May 2004, 08:45


To the person who owns a Trabant in the US, I am in Bulgaria now and want to take one of these cars home, do I understand that your car is a 1990 model? I was under the impression that imported cars must be vintage, at least 25 years old?

Can you please give me any help in this matter?


14th Jun 2004, 02:36

Hello All.

I am currently living in Romania with my 1967 Trabant. I do plan on shipping this car back to the states when I leave here in November. Can anyone give me some info on how to do this?

Thank you,


6th Oct 2004, 11:42

Hello, my name is Konrad, I live in Houston, Texas. I have 13 cars and have acquired a 1978 Trabant in Romania. I wonder how difficult would be to have it imported to the US, I do not really care if would be registered or not to drive on the road here.

Please advise.



16th Jan 2005, 16:44

My family had a car like this. It was actually our family car-can you imagine that?! The family trips were horrible, but though the "Trabi" did a good job because it was reliable and spare parts-cheap. I'm wondering who would like to drive an old-school paper-made car nowadays.. besides you have to be a very tough guy to turn the steering wheel when parking :) Enjoy!

12th Aug 2005, 21:34

Prashtie is Slingshot dude. I live in Memphis TN and plan to get a Trabby here soon. I'll let you know how this goes. I'm still.. negotiating.

17th Sep 2005, 03:47

Hi, I am from Bulgaria and I have a 1987 Trabant 601 S... We have a Trabant club, you can visit it at www.2tpower.com.

29th Dec 2005, 12:39

Hello All, I have a 1963 Trabi P60 here in Virginia. Can someone please tell me what type of gear oil (weight and amount) you put in the transmission gear box. Is there a way you can measure when it's full or needs more? Thanks so very much. George.

27th Jan 2006, 15:02

Regarding 1963 P60---The gear box holds 1.0 litre, SAE 80 gear oil (cold climates SAE 30 motor oil), To drain fluid remove plug at the bottom gearbox casting and clean magnet, To check level remove level control screw on the right side of gearbox-- oil will come out drop by drop. good luck 61 P60 owner.

20th May 2006, 18:40

It is my understanding that in order to import a car into the US that is a 2-stroke, or some kind of car that will NOT pass any emissions testing, well, it has to be older than 1968. US cars came with EGR systems in 1968, it was the first federally mandated requirement. A 2-stroke engine CANNOT be fitted with an EGR system, it would choke the engine before you could get it into gear.

9th Nov 2006, 23:45

To whoever said they had the only registered Trabant in the USA: Well, I happened to almost purchase a '60s-era 601 in California about eight years ago. I didn't have the money to get it together at the time and I am kicking myself now for missing out on the purchase. And yes, the Trabi was licensed and plated, the whole nine yards...

13th Jan 2008, 15:19

London,UK resident driving a 1968 trabant bought from eBay a couple of months ago for £450. Very happy driving this quirky little car lots of fun to drive. Both cheap and reliable.

Love the gear change apparatus. Go Trabi go.