1. Justin

    Justin Founder Moderator

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  2. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    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.
  3. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    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.
  4. Keri

    Keri Leader

    Yay Melkus! :) :):)
  5. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    thanks Jeff, so it is a kit. Interesting to be sure. I hope someone took a pic under the bonnet.
  6. Keri

    Keri Leader

    It wasn't a kit car.
    These were built in the GDR for some time. They're all over youtube.

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  7. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    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.
  8. Hanni

    Hanni Puttering Along

    I never heard of the Melkus before. Was it something ordinary citizens in the GDR could own?
  9. Wartburg353W

    Wartburg353W Loyal Comrade

    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.
  10. Justin

    Justin Founder Moderator

    Someone with a bit more money than the average proletariat. :
  11. Keri

    Keri Leader

    Comrade Justin!
    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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