On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Germans staged a parade of cult Trabant

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Germans staged a parade of cult Trabant

November 11, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

To the place where the border between the socialist and capitalist parts of Germany (the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany) used to be, 65 cult East German minicar cars were driven.

This year, Germany celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which after the war separated Germany and the German Democratic Republic. In honor of this familiar event for the whole of Europe, a parade of Trabant cars was staged at the site of the former border. These cars, produced in East Germany, are called one of the main symbols of the zone of Soviet occupation. In total, 65 “tribes” took part in such an impromptu procession. The Germans symbolically opened the gate on the site of the former border and let the car into the former territory of West Germany, reports Reuters.

This mass car got its name in honor of the launch of the USSR the first artificial Earth satellite. On the conveyor, this model lasted from 1957 to 1991. During this time, more than 3.5 million Trabant were produced, the main feature of which was the simplicity of design and a light motor.

These cars survived the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, becoming one of the brightest symbols of the unification of Germany. And their recognizable gray smoke from the exhaust pipe was even called the “spirit of freedom.”

 It was impossible to build such cars from the usual material for the automotive industry in the postwar period. The solution to the problem was found in the Duroplast polymer material, in the manufacture of which phenolic resin and cotton waste were used. The output was a light and hard material, thanks to which the finished car weighed only 600 kg.