More Trabants stolen in Berlin than Porsches

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1 September 2004 , BERLIN - Remember the spluttering East German car called the Trabant? After years of being cast off for more modern vehicles they have suddenly been accorded such cult status that more "Trabis" are being stolen in Berlin than Porsches, a report said Wednesday. The Trabant is now the third most popular car in the German capital for automobile thieves, said a report in the Berliner Kurier newspaper quoting figures from Germany's Insurance Association. A spokesman for insurance companies s

1 September 2004  

BERLIN - Remember the spluttering East German car called the Trabant? After years of being cast off for more modern vehicles they have suddenly been accorded such cult status that more "Trabis" are being stolen in Berlin than Porsches, a report said Wednesday.

The Trabant is now the third most popular car in the German capital for automobile thieves, said a report in the Berliner Kurier newspaper quoting figures from Germany's Insurance Association.

A spokesman for insurance companies said this was likely due to the growing scarcity of Trabants which has led the car to be favoured by collectors.

There is also a booming business for cannibalized Trabi parts given that the factory building the cars closed down shortly after the 1990 German unification.

The Trabant, which runs on a two-stroke engine using a petrol and oil mix similar to that of a lawn-mower, was a notorious polluter in former East Germany.

Only 744 Trabants are still registered in Berlin, a fact reflected by the vastly improved air in the German capital.

DPA

Subject: German news

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