The Trabant was East Germany’s answer to the VW Beetle and became the most iconic and affordable people’s car in the former socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR). In 1964, the Trabant Model P601 was introduced and soon became the most sought after car in East Germany.
Since people had to wait up to 10 years for one to be delivered, the new car became a family member. It was light, compact, and rugged, and its construction was so simple that owners could carry out their own repairs. Eventually, it was the family car for three decades, making holidays and picnics possible.