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The Trabant


The estate car version of the Trabant 601 pictured in the province of Zachodniopomorskie in the far west of Poland. The Trabant, or Trabi as it is sometimes known as, was once a firm favourite with Polish drivers but is now fast disappearing from Polish roads. Trabants have a two stroke, air cooled, engine and sport a body made of Duroplast, a mixture of cotton and ground wood pulp, soaked in artificial resin! Trabants produce a unique tinny engine noise and emit copious amounts of blue smoke from the exhaust. This model of Trabant first left the production line in East Germany in 1960 and production continued apace until the Berlin Wall came down. Photograph : 11/2005

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