Trabant P 601

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Description: An interactive Trabi driving simulation is one of the highlights of the DDR Museum. The simulator gives an authentic experience of driving through an GDR high-rise tower block housing estate.

The Trabant was not the only car on East German roads, but no other model was invested with such loyalty and love. Known universally as the Trabi, or Trabbi, ownership of this doughty little vehicle promised a measure of freedom in an unfree country. Those hoping to acquire one faced a long wait.

Take the unique opportunity to enjoy an authentic Trabi experience in our Trabi simulator. Rev up the engine and rattle through a simulated Berlin high-rise tower block estate: a proper journey back in time! Our simulator projects a realistic 3D reproduction of a Berlin housing estate onto the front windscreen of our original Trabant P 601. Visitors can drive explore the estate: pass shops, flats, parking spaces and watch out for 114 other Trabis in the original colours "papyrus white," "glacier blue" or "beaver brown" whilst listening to the original sounds of the Trabant P 601.

"The journey through 60,000 square metres of housing estate, the squealing of the pedals and the somewhat shaky carriage make for a highly authentic experience." (

If you have trouble starting the car, a pair of ladies tights could come in useful … a perfectly workable replacement for an old-fashioned fan belt.

In 1954, the Politburo gave the order to start the development of a small car to rival the West German Beetle. It was to be robust, yet small and inexpensive. Called the Trabant P50, the new car went into mass production in 1957. Although exhibiting considerable technical defects - the brakes were so weak that they needed a special permit for production - the new car proved an instant hit.

Made of a mixture of cotton and plastic (known as Duroplast), the chassis had a number of advantages. This patented invention was light-weight and easy to assemble. Above all, it avoided the need to import expensive metal or autobody sheet.

Initially managing an output of only 18 horsepower (HP), the Trabi was souped up over the years, and a synchronous drive was added in 1959. The Trabant 600 (produced 1963) was equipped with a new motor with greater cylinder capacity and an output of 23 HP. Despite these improvements, the autobody remained almost unchanged and soon appeared dated. A new look was launched in 1964, known as the Trabant P601 - this time bringing an impressive 26 HP. This represented the last development of this series, and the car was produced almost unchanged for the next quarter of a century. Its successor model the Trabant 1.1 was presented in 1989, but did not survive West German competition.

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