Trabant and Wartburg can be found mainly in the new federal states, even if you want to buy one. Before the turn became the Trabi loved, hated, cared for, often completely renewed, renovated and mended. But after that November 9, 1989 it was thrown away thousands of times. Nevertheless: the robust one Two-stroke (shortly before the turnaround with the VW four-stroke from the Polo) is still a household name today. Also the Wartburg continues in the collective consciousness. Other GDR cars, on the other hand, were forgotten. Barkas? IFA? Robur? For many Wessis these are completely unknown brands.
The 80 hp P 240 was technically and optically up to date. But luxury cars were not wanted in the GDR: the scarce resources were to be used to build vehicles closer to the people. They also brought Soviets even limousines for the sophisticated taste in the GDR: GAZ M 21 and the successor GAZ M 24, both known as Volga. Among the privileged who were allowed to drive a Volga, in addition to the political elite, was the People’s Police. But there was also a chance for ordinary citizens of the GDR to ride in a Volga – in the taxi. AUTO BILD KLASSIK shows the colorful car world of the GDR!