The pit pony of Eastern Europe for nearly 30 years, Trabants were marketed as having room for four adults plus luggage. Cheap to run, simple and fun to drive, and easy to repair, Trabants had a waiting list of up to 20 years. When production ended in 1991, 3,096,099 had been driven off the production line.
Most of us have an impression of what Trabants must be like, and some of our thoughts might not always be kind. We wouldn't automatically compare them to, say, a 1970's Austin Mini would we? You know the sort of thing, a simple, fun runaround, well worth a smile and some happy memories. Mini, simple, fun. Trabant, simple, fun. ... Hang on a minute!