Most of us living in Europe and having the necessary age still remember how it was to have the continent divided and part of it hidden behind the Iron Curtain of Communism. But some reminders do look and sound great.
Take this Trabant as an example – the 601 model was a perfect example of how not to do an automobile (cardboard body, for example). But owing to nostalgia or other factors, the car still has its league of fans. And one of them took the thing seriously and delivered what may be the best reinterpretation of the model ever. Yep, this gorgeous looking Trabby could make you fall in love with the model if you’re a “youngtimer” passionate – thanks to its menacing exterior shade and technical credentials. This particular car came to life sometimes in the 1980s and just 14 years ago it landed in the yard of a Polish car enthusiast. He started his transformation journey by swapping the puny 0.6-liter two-stroke two-cylinder engine with a 1.1-liter one taken from a VW Polo. But that was not enough and it soon granted a bigger 1.3 soul. 1.8 and 2 liter engines followed, the latter borrowed from a Golf GTI. But as he crashed his Audi TT all of the innards of the luxury sportscar went towards the meager 601.
This unique Trabant 601 now has the 1.8-liter turbo engine as well as the all-wheel drive Quattro system – the two-door sedan now boasts 270 HP (199 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 369 Nm (272 lb-ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm, enough to jump to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds and post a 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) acceleration time of 15.5 seconds. The brakes are also from Audi and the Trabby even has fully functional ABS and ESC systems.