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Trabant P 70-1958
The Trabant P 70 was the first people’s car made in East Germany after WWII. The body of the P 70 is made of Duraplast, which is a mixture of fabric and resin that is pressed into a mold. This method of manufacturing was much more economical than making the bodies out of fiberglass. The P 70 was quite unique in the fact that it has front wheel drive and independent front suspension. The P 70 led to the development of the P 50 and P 60 which were slightly smaller cars with smaller engines. The final variant was the Trabant 601, which remained in production until 1991, and sold more than 3 million units. This P 70 is special because it was bought new in 1958 by a gentleman from Poland. He owned the car his whole life, and died in the mid 1990s. His family continued to keep the car in a heated garage until 2011 when they sold it to the museum. It has covered over 87,000 km, and sits here as a piece of history.
Manufacturer: VEB Kraftfahrzeugwerk Audi Zwickau (Sachsen)
Country of Origin: East Germany
Drivetrain Configuration: Front engine, front wheel drive
Engine: 690cc, 2 cylinder, two stroke, water-cooled, 22 hp
Transmission: 3 speed manual
Top Speed: 55 mph
Years of Production: 1955-
Number Produced: 36,000