I'm still educating myself, but there were a few bits I want to make sure I've got right before I move forward to other matters. The following have come up relatively recently in discussions, and beginning my search for a vehicle. So, if I understand correctly... - There were several models of 601. Kombi, Sport, Limo, Universal, a couple of variants for citizens with physical challenges, and a Kubel variant for the NVA. No truck variants until the 1.1? Am I forgetting something? Edit: Looks like there was a civilian version of the Kubel, mainly for export? - All Trabis until the 1.1 are Manuals. 4 column shifter. Column shifting diagram not available in most models, could be purchased aftermarket (I think I've even seen decals on Etsy of all places.) Horn attached to the switch which also controls the wipers and the brights. - Tires are small, but can be acquired without huge dificulty. - lights usually adequate, but can be replaced by aftermarket LED kits. - Most 601s have speedometers, turn signals, seat belts (yeah, I know, a lot of the earlier seat belts at least are more 'festive suggestions'.) Only a small number have fuel gauges, but these can be installed aftermarket. Radios came with some not all? I occasionally see examples with casette or 8 track players... were these actually offered, or is that all aftermarket stuff? - And on the above note, because a friend asked me this evening at our weekly get together. Heat, yes; sure... A/C possible not at all standard but aftermarket options available. Wipers standard. Don't believe there's a "defrost" option, but hell, some Ladas and Yugos had this, so I'm willing to be wrong there. - Two kinds of ignition starter; the more complex of these is (generally) less common, and seems to be a mid-late eighties phenomenon. Key or button ignition depending upon year and model. - Freewheeling only in fourth Gear. Most driving will be done in fourth gear. - There is a fuel tank, possibly a reserve fuel tank, with a switch to direct fuel from either to the engine. Mix is oil and gas... varies from vehicle to vehicle, different opinions on what is ideal. I'm a little unclear on fuel consumption. I've read about 35mpg. Not sure how accurate that is. Very little fluid otherwise, beyond wiper and transmission. 601 seems to be one of those cars you fill under the hood (like the Delorean, for example) am I wrong about that? Did something change at some point? - The leather jacket around the engine is an attempt at *snicker* "Sound Dampening." - These are not horrible cars, mechanically,, and if well maintained, shouldn't be breaking down every week, or every day. Engine supposedly designed to be light enough to be removed from the car without significant difficulty, placed on a workbench. Not luxury cars. - Neither death traps nor was Duroplast a mixture of recycled cardboard and the tears of little orphan East German children. On a more serious note, it's essentially a material very much like bakelite, can be painted and filled like any other car body material if necessary. - Parts readily available. Most fixes can be done with little advanced equipment. Hub puller essential for removing tires and fixing or replacing brakes,. and these must be acquired from Germany (Trabiwelt?). Most competent mechanics can fix things the consumer can't fix at home. - Top speed varies by vehicle. Cruising between 55 and 62-65 or so unless using the "Race Tuned" engine, (which is what, 35hp?) , an aftermarket option still available from Germany. Some varied opinion on whether those are worth it. And those are, apparently, five speed? - Breaks don't like to stand. Don't ride them if at all possible. Unclear as to how often they should be looked at, changed, etc. - If you want a luxury East German car, you probably want a Wartburg Hope you'll once again forgive my naievete, but I appreciate your helping a rookie out! -M.