Review: Trabant 1.1 Universal

Legendary folk rover once I have enjoyed , but I could not resist a second time. Trabant is really very cool, although the time when cool at all to him.

But this is not just lecjaký Trabosa but Trabant 1.1 Universal . Do not be fooled by similar name, designation really means 1.1 Engine capacity . And not just just any engine. Thus, it is a common unit, but not under thermoset KASTL Trabant. Licensing four stroke will surely know the owners Volkswagen Polo , but the Trabant did not warm too much. When in 1990 she reached the production of two-stroke 601 , so that even with modern Trabant looked promising, even in Czechoslovakia was imported. But the influx of cheap used cars western broke the car rounded neck. In April 1991, he ushered off the production line last stroke Trabík. In total there created just 37,000, of which only 10,000 were with the bodywork station wagon. At the conclusion was somewhere in the Turkey in the harbor, there were still 500 pieces Trabants 1.1 Universal, that there never assumed. The Germans took them back, bred, equipping sprayed metallic paint and sold as a final Last Edition goodbye. Without marks for ten thousand you have gained in 1996. Thirty fifteen car engine. This is how buy from Horst Fuchs, right? But today it was a real collector’s rarity.

And rare is this piece, although one of those poor souls dilapidated four years in Turkey is not. Body had made in Zwickau and then it was sent to Czechoslovakia to Institute of paints . There probably tried some chassis paint or whatever, and when tested, they needed a mechanic to sell it to private hands. He somehow got hold four-stroke engine and the car zpojízdnil, be problems with documents. Then Trabant, becoming dressed in blue-green, moved to a single collector, and finally to the current owner. That was seven years ago. Otherwise, even if you take a beautiful metallic and want to argue about nedobovém intervention and metallic finishes really on the Turkish cars spotted. Likewise, someone might mistakenly argue that car is insensitive modified tuner, but it would be far from the truth. Other Mask , covers front and rear lamps, and buffers to include four-stroke vehicles. Like differently shaped hood , which is also metal . Visible changes should be much more, but the pressure to maintain price was high, so the production version differed from the prototype.

Some other changes remain hidden eyes of the general public. It’s like tank , which is due to lack of space had not fit under the hood. Here it is back under the floor, but literally under the floor. Previously good headroom so rapidly diminished. When bumpy on polňačce it wants more caution. In front of the engine due to heavier more reinforcements. But the positive is heated rear window with wiper, which owners of two-strokes had to let go taste. Thus, at least for us, in Germany, the manufacturer offered at de Luxe in the second half of the 80s. Inside there is also some innovations, such as other boards with the device, although its upper portion closely resembles the older models. It remained, however, what I have always liked, namely flat floor. Only the front to the gear lever is mild elevation below which lead stretched to the gear lever, but otherwise there’s still a plane. Joist is black leather and the interior gives greater comfort. And there’s more space than the sedan, which we introduced last year. The rear bench seat is moved backwards, namely.

The car has an output of 40 kW, which is double over the standard two-strokes. When I’m going with him, I must confirm the owner’s words, that it is a “ new car in the old Kastl .” The steering wheel comes in total seamlessly without power, shifting the smooth and clear, moreover, on the floor does not give much room for panicking. Or operation of the pedals do not stress me no. Just position behind the wheel, straightened a bit, it is still the same as in earlier versions. Thanks to the same body but not disappear exceptionally good view of the car thanks to thin pillars. A ride is pleasant, if not looking for typical round wheel arches leading to the headlights, I would bet on shoes that I drive must be the old Corsa. You get the hang of type McPherson and better suspension, which makes the car stable . The name has already been mentioned, but it is worth mentioning that you will miss the fifth gear. Especially on the highway, where the owner was able to ramp up to 145 km / h, although the manufacturer set the prescription only 130. But certainly higher speeds will not be searchable. Another advantage of bringing water-cooled engine, with which the car i better awash , and also quite a few consume, on average, between 6 and 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers. A liter more to say, if the owner joins caravan period. And it all thanks to improved front disc brakes to stop.

The old Trabant is rumored that it fix the road hammer. But that’s about that later we can tell, it’s very sophisticated. And it is not about a bad car, it just came to the wrong time . The beginning of the nineties we, therefore, the entire Eastern bloc, brought democracy and capitalism. And on the automotive market and invaded a large number of used cars from the West. It dealt east automakers, which for years constructed their cars with tied hands and many compromises, hard blow. Some – our Skoda or Russian Lada – survived and moved to foreign owners, while others, like FSO and Dacia , to great success, at least for customers in their states, but many brands abrupt transition state system can not handle. And this case was the archaic-looking Trabant , who could not inner space, equipment, and design to compete with Western cars. Not surprisingly, the production Trabants survived NDR only a few years. Who knows what would have happened if the car had the chance to put into reality some of the planned new types. This year, namely April 30 is exactly 24 years since he came off the production line very last Trabant with serial number 3096099.

Photo: Mikka

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