1. IronJaw

    IronJaw Puttering Along

    I just wanted to say how much I love these little cars, they really do make me smile so much. I love the sound of that little engine, I love the noise it makes and I love the little quirks. I love how they bob along the road in a happy go lucky way and I love the noise the little horn makes. I love the colour of my car, Capri Green, which also makes me smile. I just love them to bits, I really do.

    Recently we found a couple of films on Amazon Prime which were about a group of people driving across Africa and South America in Trabis and I loved them. It made me so happy to see the little cars forging a path where many others would fail. I really enjoyed the films and I hope the little cars in them are still alive and waiting for their next adventure.

    I'm not a naturally happy person and I spend a lot of my life in a bad mood. I have mild depression and I spend long periods of time royally pissed off. But whenever I see a Trabant or hear that unmistakable sound the engine makes I smile. I'm happiest when I'm tinkering with my cars and I'm really loving working on my Trabant, I look forward to the day I get to drive this little car properly on the road.

    Please feel free to share your love for Trabi's below. :)

    JASONCHAD Trabi Meister Forum Donor

    I agree. It is hard to drive a Trabi without smiling. It is also hard not to smile when seen a Teabi drive by. It is a smile on wheels.
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  3. Andrewwoey

    Andrewwoey Loyal Comrade

    Make me and other people smile when i am out in mine. I think it is brilliant. Just watching James May peoples cars in TV and he said the Trabant was crap. Its certainly not crap. Even with all the welding and other repairs that had to be done to make it safe and reliable, i still think its great.

  4. RogerDerSchrauber

    RogerDerSchrauber Premium Member Forum Donor

    I don’t let TV stars determine my life. These people are paid to entertain by appealing to the lowest common denominator. I drive my Trabant and enjoy every minute of it, everywhere I go. Even fueling up is a public event, which attracts the curious. This weekend I’m taking it to an event on Boston Common where it will be among Duesenbergs, Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis. The Trabi always makes people happy, wherever it goes.
  5. Bill

    Bill Smoking Along

    I think Trabants have been the victim of a lot of negative western propaganda. I believe they are perfectly suited to their intended purpose.
    I have been without a Trabant for a few years now. I loved my previous cars when I had them and I'm looking forward to getting my present car running again. You are right Iron Jaw, there is something about them that just makes you happy. For me the worst part is waiting for packages to arrive from Germany! No matter how carefully I try and plan what I need, I keep finding new things that I need to get. (Or I break something while working on it)
  6. IronJaw

    IronJaw Puttering Along

    I think they are well designed and engineered to be honest, and my 1985 model has got excellent specification which is better than a lot of small western cars of the same year. They're often misbranded as "cardboard cars from Russia", or "those Russian things" but if you look at the VW Polo from 85 it's not got the spec of my Trabi. I love them to bits and when people are negative about them, I don't get angry or upset, I just smile because they're ignorant and don't know how good they actually are.

    I know in 1989/90 there were an awful lot of them abandoned and thrown away, but I can see why. They'd spent 50 years living with one type of car and seeing things like the Audi Quattro, Golf GTi and Mercedes 190 must've blown their mind. I work for BMW and after spending all day dealing with them the last thing I want to do is drive one home, so I'm happy to jump in my Jag and go home. I'll be happier jumping in my Trabi though!!! :D
  7. Steve

    Steve Loyal Comrade

    Yes, smiles and looks of disbelief and correcting the myths of cardboard, plastic and papier mache are part of everyday ownership of Trabbis.
  8. Gavin Johns

    Gavin Johns Puttering Along

    When I was told on my retirement I would be presented with a car I thought YAY , a new Toyota . Then I received a broken Trabant and was less yay and more ohhhhh was I that bad . Now I wouldn’t give it back ... it’s an amazing car and never fails to give me a smile .
  9. Andrew353w

    Andrew353w Puttering Along

    I don't own a Trabant, although I've driven a few! I actually own Daf 33, which is often mistaken for a Trabant, and I must admit there is a marked similarity. From the front the headlights and the line of the bonnet look particularly pretty in both cases! Driving it always makes me smile and the admiring looks and "thumbs up" gestures I receive raises my mood if I'm feeling down.
  10. A Spooky Ghost

    A Spooky Ghost Loyal Comrade

    What's odd about this, is I almost got a DAF 600 a few years before a Trabi. Was $1200. USD, about 400 miles away. Needed some work, was also yellow. My issue was, the belt drive system- if it would make it up my very steep driveway, from a dead stop. A neat little car either way...
  11. mbeamish

    mbeamish Loyal Comrade

    The 601 compares well to other small peoples cars like early mini 850, fiat 500 2CV and early beetle

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