California

Burbank, California
1 - 3 August 2013
Lot 102

1966 Trabant Kombi

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$2,200 USD | Sold

United States | Burbank, California

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Identification No.
E218767
  • East German Democratic Republic's people's car
  • 600-cc, 26-hp two-stroke twin-cylinder engine
  • Four-speed manual transmission
  • This car was an art project by an elementary school class

Chassis no. E218767

600-cc, 26-hp two-stroke twin-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent transverse leaf front suspension, trailing arm independent rear suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 79.5-inches

The fall of the Iron Curtain put a spotlight on eastern Germany. For car enthusiasts it fell on the Democratic Republic’s people’s car, the Trabant. “Trabby” publicity, photos and jokes flooded western media, and not a few of the cars found their way to the United States.

This car was undertaken as an art project by an elementary school class. Every square inch of the exterior is painted in a psychedelic motif, glued to which are dozens of plastic figures and animals. The interior has basically been untouched from its austere natural state. The seats have fabric covers and the dashboard has an installed AM/FM radio. The steering wheel shows marked deterioration. The fragile nature of the exterior décor makes it rather impractical to drive the car. Its primary function is as objet d’art.