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The Trabant is a small car built by the Nationalized Auto Industry in East Germany. In the late 1950s, a vehicle emerged and became the symbol of Eastern transportation--the Trabant. When cheap transportation was all the rage throughout Europe, the Trabant was the perfect means of transportation for the whole family with a little trunk in the back. Its downfall seemed to be that very few changes were made to the Trabant in its 33-year life. The style is essentially the same as when the car was introduced in 1958. When the Berlin wall fell, the days for Trabant were numbered. The body is made of a hemp-type material that was considered an inexpensive substitute for fiberglass. A military version, called “Kubel”, was also available, albeit with a different interior.