Plans go ahead for revival of East German "Trabi"

21st February 2008, Comments 0 comments

Plans for a revival of the Trabant car that was synonymous with life in communist East Germany are progressing with the development of a prototype.

Hamburg -- Plans for a revival of the Trabant car that was synonymous with life in communist East Germany are progressing with the development of a prototype, according to German press reports.

A model car firm in southern Germany, Herpa, presented a 1:10 scale model of the new retro-styled lifestyle car dubbed the "New Trabi" at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Specialist car builder IndiKar has meanwhile taken over the technical development of a prototype with plans to present it at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Germany's auto-motor-sport magazine reports.

IndiKar CEO Ronald Gerschewski said the main problem with the old Trabant was its vintage technology. The idea of the "New Trabi" was to maintain the cult status together with modern day features and safety standards.

The last of the original Trabant cars, built with a body from hardened plasticised cotton, rolled off the production lines in 1991, two years after the Berlin Wall came down. Today, more than 50,000 of them are still chugging along German roads and well-maintained vehicles are sought after by classic car fans.

The Trabant celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The first cars left the VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerk factory in Zwickau on Nov. 7, 1957.

DPA with Expatica

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