Photographer's Note

Grimmen (pol. hist. Grzymie) - a town in Germany, in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in the district of Vorpommern-Rügen.

East Germany after World War II by motorized vehicles were Soviet, Czech and models from domestic production. Moskvitch, Skoda, Trabant and Wartburg, these cars met on the road most GDR. But technically they are far inferior to those produced in the neighboring country, the Federal Republic of Germany.

Trabant was produced from 1957 in the VEB Sachsenring Zwickau Automobilwerke. Historic site, where August Horch established his first factory. In the car bodywork uses plastic called thermoset (duroplast ) and therefore it is commonly called soap dish. It is driven by two-stroke engine with a cylinder capacity of 0.5 liters and 0.6 liters later.

East Germany was the most motorized country in the Eastern bloc, where one car for 4 people. In Zwickau produced 3 051 485 Trabants, of which operated at the time of unification was still more than 2 million Trabants. The last series of 444 Trabants 1.1 equipped with a catalytic converter was produced in 1994. Then the car cost 8990 DM, and for that money you could have bought for a much more modern copper and in good condition used car.

Today Trabants are purchased by collectors. The price of such a copy of the 1500-3000 euro.

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