Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
Sedans in all 3 colors available plus a blue wagon.
Sedans in all 3 colors available plus a blue wagon.

The Trabant is an odd car. Some love it, some hate it. I particularly like it; that’s why I’ve attended the Parade of Trabants in DC for the last few years.

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Yes, that’s Car Cat, known to me as Harry, in the background.
Yes, that’s Car Cat, known to me as Harry, in the background.

For those that admire the Trabi, as it’s sometimes known, it’s essentially the communist VW Beetle. As the Bug was to the FRG, the Trabant was to the GDR. The little, semi-reliable people’s car of East Germany. Some also admire it for the fact that it was a pioneering feat in duroplast, the car’s windows being made of a tough, receycled plastic.

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For those that hate it, it’s a cramped, unreliable, cheaply-built turd with the engine of a lawnmower. I believe it’s on both Edmunds and TIME’s list of the worst cars ever built.

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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle

Its leagacy is a complicated one. I personally like it, though. It’s a cute little car.

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And now, photos:

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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle
Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle
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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle
Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle
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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle
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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle

That’s all for now.

Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: the communist VW Beetle

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