***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

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    ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    There was an East German car show near me a few days ago. Most of the cars were Trabants but there were also some Wartburg's and Barkas B1000 vans. Enjoy the pictures.


    Trabant fans, eat your heart out!



    The first Trabant here is the original Trabant from 1957, the P70. The owner even had the original East German car registration papers posted on the rear passenger side window!











    The last Trabant. This version dates from the early 1990s and used a Volkswagen 1.1 engine. Needless to say nobody wanted a Trabant anymore during this time and the company soon went under...



    Customized Trabant. The owner made it even uglier with all those external applications. The convertible aspect is creative though.









    Piss yellow, I assume!







    Barkas B1000 van with a 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine.



    Trabant 601 with a "Trabant trailer". Pretty neat!





    More Trabants...













    Wartburg 311 from the mid 1960s with a 1-liter engine. Check out the sparesely covered but large trunk!









    LOL! The writing on the rear window says: "YOU'VE JUST BEEN OVERTAKEN BY 26-HORSEPOWER!"





    Another 601 estate.





    According to one of the Trabant enthusiasts at the show, this was a special Trabant version made exclusively for the East German border guard service. No doors made it excellent for the border guard service to hop out and shoot people trying to cross to the West! Ok, that wasn't funny!







    Intel Inside? Guess again! "2-STROKE INSIDE"!





    Wartburg 1.3







    Lastly, the NICEST car at the show!!! Mercedes 250SL with the rare manual transmission (even back then most people still opted for the automatic).







    Hope you liked the pictures!

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    Re: ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    Yup, they were brilliant.

    Brought back a lot of memories actually - for my eternal shame, I actually owned a Wartburg just like the grey one you've pictured; only for a short while as I was posted in Germany; I've been to the museum, seen the Irmscher Wartburg etc etc so am an 'undercover' fan of them.

    Still haven't changed my mind about Trabants, not that I wouldn't have one for free, but I love the Barkas vans.

    Cheers for the piccies - like I said, brings a whole host of memories back.

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    Re: ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    Quote Originally Posted by tomprice
    Yup, they were brilliant.

    Brought back a lot of memories actually - for my eternal shame, I actually owned a Wartburg just like the grey one you've pictured; only for a short while as I was posted in Germany; I've been to the museum, seen the Irmscher Wartburg etc etc so am an 'undercover' fan of them.

    Still haven't changed my mind about Trabants, not that I wouldn't have one for free, but I love the Barkas vans.

    Cheers for the piccies - like I said, brings a whole host of memories back.
    Glad you liked the pictures, Tom.

    Interesting that you owned a Wartburg. WHY would one like to own such a car if I may ask?

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    Re: ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    Thanks for the pics, cawimmer430. If anyone thinks that centrally planned socialist economies are a good idea, they need to check out some old Eastern Bloc cars.

    On The Amazing Race a few years ago (a US reality show where contestants travel on a race around the world, completing tasks), the teams had to drive Trabants, and they kept breaking down.

    Here's the link to the recap of the Trabant episode: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing...06/index.shtml

    I recall years ago, before the Berlin Wall fell, that Car and Driver poked fun at the poor Trabant as well. I've never had "the pleasure" of driving one, but really, that's OK.
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    Re: ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    "Im Osten geht die Sonne auf" Klasse! Ich liebe der DDR! Keep going to those car shows. Every time I see a thread of yours, I suddenly become happier.

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    Re: ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    Quote Originally Posted by cawimmer430
    Glad you liked the pictures, Tom.

    Interesting that you owned a Wartburg. WHY would one like to own such a car if I may ask?
    It's called the British Army not paying me enough money! It was also a bit of a dare aswell - it was alright for the time I had it, but it was nice to step into something a little more...modern?!..

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    Re: ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    Quote Originally Posted by 69Firebird400
    Thanks for the pics, cawimmer430. If anyone thinks that centrally planned socialist economies are a good idea, they need to check out some old Eastern Bloc cars.

    On The Amazing Race a few years ago (a US reality show where contestants travel on a race around the world, completing tasks), the teams had to drive Trabants, and they kept breaking down.

    Here's the link to the recap of the Trabant episode: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing...06/index.shtml

    I recall years ago, before the Berlin Wall fell, that Car and Driver poked fun at the poor Trabant as well. I've never had "the pleasure" of driving one, but really, that's OK.
    Thanks and thanks for the link. Picture posting is a hobby of mine.

    I've never driven an East German or Eastern European car either, but from what I hear, the Trabant isn't that bad overall. Sure, it's not fast and it pollutes, but contrary to what many people say the car is reliable is hell because the technology is so simple and the fuel economy is decent (26-hp 2-stroke engine, duh! ).

    I think it would be great if C&D reviewed the Trabant on the track. I'd love to read a review like this where they'd be slamming and flamming the car like there's no tomorrow.

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    Re: ***Wiesmühl East German Car Show***

    Quote Originally Posted by rhvfd10
    "Im Osten geht die Sonne auf" Klasse! Ich liebe der DDR! Keep going to those car shows. Every time I see a thread of yours, I suddenly become happier.



    Vielen vielen Dank.

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