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Trabant P601

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Trabant P601. 1964–91 (prod. 3,000,000 approx.). 2-door saloon, 3-door estate, utility convertible. F/F, 595 cm³ (I2 2-str.), 1093 cm³ (I4 OHC). East German subcompact car descended from DKW, made with cotton-based plastic (Duroplast) bodyshell. Sold in UK till 1965. Made with 595 cm³ engine (26 PS) until 1989 when larger and cleaner Volkswagen Polo 1·1-litre engine adapted under licence. Estate variant called Universal. Utilitarian “off-road” convertible model called Tramp. Kitsch value toward the end of its life as a relic of the DDR, but unloved for most years.

Manufacturing location: Zwickau, Germany

Marque: Trabant | Predecessor: Trabant P50


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