I never saw these before. I will watch out for one in the future. what is the emissions number that they earn, it helps me predict where one could be seen in Germany these days.
Underneath that slick body is the Wartburg/Barkas 3-cyl. I saw one at a meet in Eisenach and was impressed by its looks but then when it started up it made that same puttering sound. Weirdly cool, coolly weird.
thanks Jeff, so it is a kit. Interesting to be sure. I hope someone took a pic under the bonnet.
It wasn't a kit car.
These were built in the GDR for some time. They're all over youtube.
Not a kit car, but made in small numbers by a race driver named Heinz Melkus. He made many other cars specifically for racing, but the RS1000 was the only road car.
I never heard of the Melkus before. Was it something ordinary citizens in the GDR could own?
Wikipedia says he only built around a hundred of them. So, ordinary citizens probably no. I'm guessing his customers would have been mostly other race drivers.
Someone with a bit more money than the average proletariat. :
Stinking filthy money had little to do with it. Couldn't possibly*.
Obviously, Melkus vehicles could only be distributed to those who were best suited for driving such a vehicle for the advancement of socialism!
*- well, OK, maybe.
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