1. Reid Henry

    Reid Henry Puttering Along

    Hey everybody!

    My name is Reid, and I'm a student at Indiana University, looking to get my hands on my first Trabant! Ive been in love with these little cars since I was in high school learning about the DDR. I'm not married to the idea of any certain model. I'd be looking somewhere in the neighborhood of $2500/$3000 and am not afraid to wrench on the car. Any help you guys could offer would be most appreciated! Thanks so much!!

    -R. Henry
  2. RogerDerSchrauber

    RogerDerSchrauber Premium Member Forum Donor

    More than what you want to spend, not an original 1965, but it looks good. It's been factory-rebuilt in the 1980s: https://daytona.craigslist.org/cto/5975334584.html

    Every once in a while, a Hungarian guy based in FL sells some, too, for prices closer to what you're looking for.
  3. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

  4. Reid Henry

    Reid Henry Puttering Along

    I've heard of this guy! How often does he have them to sell? I see he's also an importer, does anyone know what his prices for that are?
  5. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Premium Member Forum Donor

    I paid him $4500 in 2012 for mine. That was including:

    finding the car
    buying the car
    shipping it from Hungary to Miami
    registering it in Florida, signing off on the title (so I could just hand the local DMV the Florida title and be done with it)
    arrange transporting it to Tennessee

    I had to pay the driver $300 but it was allot cheaper than renting a U-Haul and driving 900 miles to Miami, renting a hotel for a few nights and driving back.

    I have no idea how much he actually paid for the car but LotsOfKids say they usually go for around $300 in Hungary. Ebay Germany it seems the price is comparable to what they are selling for here in the US.

    Just having someone register the car and getting a US title was money well spent. The law says I can register a car in Tennessee if it's 30 years old without any documentation but it seems the ladies who work there make up their own rules as they go. If you do import one from somebody else, be sure to learn the law. If your state's law is like mine, DO NOT tell them you have any documentation from Hungary, otherwise they may reject the application for a title. This law was created for "barn finds" but it seems to apply for cars that were never sold here.

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